Represented by its General Supervisor, Prof. Paulo Esteves, the BRICS Policy Center participated on the “T20 Africa Conference: Building alliances for sustainable development” that was held on February 01st and 02nd, 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The event was co-organized by SAIIA, the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel) and it had the support of the Global Economic Governance Africa (GEG Africa). The conference was an opportunity for university and think tank leaders, policymakers from South Africa and Germany, international and Africa organizations to discuss how Africa and the G20 can build alliances for the sustainable development.
Amongst the topics discussed there were: (i) infrastructure investment and industrialization; (ii) e-commerce and the digital economy; (iii) extractives, taxes and illicit financial flows; (iv) agriculture, food security and climate; (v) trade and investment; (vi) enabling social and political environments.
Prof. Paulo Esteves spoke on the “Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Action” table, in which the interests and opportunities in cooperation between Africa and the G20, amongst other global initatives (such as G7/G8, UE-Africa, BRICS and others) were discussed. In this sense, this panel helped to set the scene for the discussion on the importance of a sustainable initiative in Africa and how it can be implemented. Prof. Carlos Frederico Coelho, from the Institute of International Relations of PUC-Rio (IRI/PUC-Rio) also participated on the event, as the rapporteur of table 5, focusing on international cooperation on tax matters
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