March 1, 2011
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Samir speaks at the roundtable on JOINING THE NEW WORLD ORDER: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE BRICs – LESSONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA and a book launch of “BRIC in the New World Order: Perspectives from Brazil, China, India and Russia” by Nandan Unnikrishnan and Samir Saran, organized by South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Pretoria.
9:30-10:15 Welcome and opening
Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, National Director, SAIIA
BRIC and IBSA: Convergence and Divergence
His Excellency Mr V Gupta, High Commissioner of India to South Africa (tbc)
10:15-11:30 Session One: The South African Perspective – Preparing for the BRICS
Key questions for the discussion: What does SA hope to bring to BRIC? What does SA want to get out of BRIC? What do SA businesses want to get out of it? How are they preparing for BRIC membership? What are the implications for South Africa’s role in Africa?
Iaan Basson, Chief Director Asia, Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Simon Freemantle, Analyst, Standard Bank
Amb Dr Kaire Mbuende, SAIIA Distinguished African Fellow
11:45-13:00 Session Two: The Indian, Brazilian, Russian and Chinese perspectives
Key questions for the discussion: What value do India, Brazil, Russia and Brazil see in their BRIC involvement thus far? What are the current debates around BRICS in these member countries? How do various stakeholders in India (and Brazil) see the future of IBSA vs BRICS? How are their business communities taking advantage of BRIC membership?
Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation, India
Amb HHS Viswanathan, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
Srinath Sridharan, Senior Vice President & Head Strategic Alliances, Wadhahan Holdings
13:00 Concluding remarks and lunch
SAIIA’s Emerging Powers and Africa Programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)