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Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini leads South Africa’s delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Japan

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will lead a South African delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting scheduled for 22-23 November 2019 in Nagoya, Japan.

The G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting is one of the key meetings on the calendar of the G20 each year. The meeting allows for G20 Foreign Ministers from developed and developing countries to reflect on current dynamics in international relations and to provide political momentum to the G20 work in a given year.

Following the elevation of the G20 to Heads of State level in 2008, the mandate and scope of the G20 has significantly expanded from a solely financial and economic focus on the international financial architecture, financial regulatory reform and global economic governance, to include new issues that assume an increasingly political and foreign policy dimension.

The G20 economies account for 85% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world's population. Given its size and significance, the G20 has been credited for stabilising the international financial and economic architecture following the 2008 global financial crisis.

South Africa has been a permanent co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group (DWG) since 2010. Accordingly, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini's delegation will focus on ways in which South Africa can continue to work with its G20 partners to ensure the implementation of previous commitments to Africa in the area of development, including the G20 Industrialisation of Africa Initiative, the G20 Partnership with Africa, inclusive of the Compact with Africa, the #eskillsforgirls and Rural Youth Development Initiatives.

Source: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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