Media Release

14 June 2014

Deputy Minister Landers leads SA delegation at the Summit of the G77 and China in Bolivia

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers is leading a South African delegation at the two-day Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the G77 and China, taking place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on 14-15 June 2014.

The Group of 77 (G77) was established on 15 June 1964 by 77 developing countries, signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Developing Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Although the members of the G-77 have increased to 133 countries, including China as the associate member, the original name was retained due to its historic significance.

The G77 and China is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the UN system, and it provides the means for countries of the South to promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the UN system and promote South-South cooperation.

As a member of the G77 and China, South Africa participates in the work of the Group to ensure its strength, unity and cohesion in pursuance of the vision of a fair and equitable multilateral system.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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