South Africa’s success in the achievement of its objectives as a member of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa alliance; and the South African Governments plans and strategies in this regard
FOR ORAL REPLY
QUESTION NO: 23 (CO25E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 1-2013 OF 28 FEBRUARY 2013
MR A J NYAMBI TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:
Whether South Africa is succeeding in achieving its objectives as a member of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa alliance; if not, why not;
What are the South African Governments plans and strategies in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
Cabinet adopted the BRICS Strategy in September 2013 and various objectives for its membership are out lined in this strategy, notably:
- The domestic level aims to strengthen political and economic relations, in line with domestic imperatives as manifested in applicable policy frameworks and the recent State of the Nation Address;
- On the regional level the objective is to enhance the African agenda and to promote Africa’s sustainable development, regional integration and industrialisation programmes; and
- On the global level the objective is the pursuit of global governance reform.
Cabinet created 3 structures to oversee the Fifth BRICS Summit, i.e. Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), Inter-Departmental Technical Senior Officials’ Team (IDTSOT) and the Inter-Departmental Logistics Committee (IDLC). The IMC also met on the margins of the Cabinet Lekgotla on 8 February 2013 for a strategic review of the Summit.
Government plans to host the Fifth BRICS Summit at the Durban International Convention Centre from 26-27 March 2013.
There are structures responsible for overseeing efforts to market and brand the BRICS Summit in South Africa and internationally i.e. the Summit website has also been activated (www.BRICS5.co.za).
A Statistics Publication will also be launched. Public Diplomacy is preparing a publication for the Summit. Road shows to various the Provinces are also being undertaken.