Media Advisory

15 February 2013

Media Workshop on the Fifth BRICS Summit, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

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 Wednesday, 20 February 2013 in Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

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.

The workshop will update media representatives on the status of preparations for South Africa’s hosting of the Fifth BRICS Summit, South Africa’s membership of BRICS and global competitiveness, as well as envisaged outcomes of the Summit.

All media are invited as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Time: 08h30 – 13h30

Venue: Garden Court Marine Parade Hotel, 167 Marine Parade, Marine Parade, DURBAN, KZN Province

RSVP: Ms Laoura Lazouras, / 083 564 2024

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078



Tea & Coffee


Opening and Welcome


From Sanya to Durban: SA’s role in BRICS and  preparation for SA’s
chairing of the Fifth BRICS Summit: Briefing by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) 

  • How SA joined BRICS Why BRICS membership is important
  • BRICS priorities
  • Fifth BRICS Summit theme, agenda and programme
  • Envisaged deliverables of the Summit

Question and answer session


Increasing  economic cooperation between BRICS countries and Africa Presentation by Mr Brian Soldaat, Director: Resource Based Industries,
Trade and Investment South Africa, The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Question and answer session


Tea Break


South Africa’s global competiveness: Presentation by Dr Petrus de Kock,  Research Manager, Brand  South  Africa
Question and answer session


Media logistics for the Fifth BRICS Summit:  Briefing by Mr Nelson Kgwete, Director: Media Liaison, DIRCO       

Question and answer session



Departure for lunch on boat (sponsored tour)





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