Media Advisory

13 January 2013

Media Workshop on the Fifth BRICS Summit

In preparation for the upcoming Fifth BRICS Summit in Durban (26-27 March 2013), the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) invites media representatives to a one-day, interactive BRICS Summit workshop scheduled for Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Pretoria.

The workshop will update media representatives on the status of preparations for South Africa’s hosting of the Fifth BRICS Summit. The Government’s BRICS Envoys will shed light on South Africa’s membership of BRICS and role as chair of the Fifth BRICS Summit. The envisaged outcomes of the Summit will also be discussed.

The speakers will share information and insights regarding BRICS, especially in terms of the Summit’s proposed theme entitled ““BRICS and Africa –Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation.”

BRICS is an acronym for the grouping of the world’s leading emerging market economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS mechanism aims to promote development cooperation, security, peace and establishing a more equitable world.

All media are invited as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Time: 08h30 – 13h30

Venue: Multipurpose Room 4, O.R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Pretoria

RSVP: Ms Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / 083 564 2024

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078

Programme:

08h30-09h30: Arrival

Registration
Tea & Coffee

09h30-09h35: Opening and Welcome

09h35-10h30: From Sanya to Durban: South Africa’s role in BRICS:

Briefing by Ambassador Matjila

  • How SA joined BRICS
  • Why BRICS membership is important
  • BRICS priorities vs SA government priorities
  • Issues for the Durban Summit

 Question and answer session

10h30-11h30: Preparation for South Africa’s Chair of the Fifth BRICS Summit:

Briefing by Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East and BRICS Sous-Sherpa

  • Fifth BRICS Summit theme, agenda and programme
  • Envisaged deliverables of the Summit:

Question and answer session

11h30-12h30: South Africa’s global competiveness:

Presentation by Mr Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa

Presentations on the raison d’être of BRICS:

  • Mr Clayson Monyela, DDG: Public Diplomacy
  • Ms Nelia Barnard, Director: BRICS

Question and answer session

Closure

12h30-13h30: Lunch

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

 

 

 

 

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