Media Advisory

11 March 2013

Fifth BRICS Academic Forum to sign historic Declaration on the Establishment of the BRICS Think Tanks Council

The Fifth BRICS Academic Forum is taking place from 10-13 March 2013 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal under the theme: “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation.”

The Academic Forum is hosted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Higher Education South Africa (HESA) and Durban University of Technology (DUT).

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, will host an Academic Forum Gala Dinner tonight, Monday, 10 March 2013.

It is expected that the Declaration on the Establishment of the BRICS Think Tanks Council will be signed at the Dinner.

All media are invited as follows:

Date: Tonight, Monday, 11 March 2013

Time: 19h00

Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Programme:

19h00 - 19h10 Welcome address: Head of South African Delegation: Dr Siphamandla Zondi

19h150 - 19h30 Keynote address: Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande

19h30 - 19h45 Signing of Declaration on the Establishment of the BRICS Think Tanks Council

Media take leave

19h45 Dinner

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

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078

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