Sisulu attends G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting

Sunday, May 20, 2018

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu is attending the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting which kicked off in Argentina on Sunday.

“South Africa will use its participation at the G20 to among other things, advance the country’s economic interests and to promote and strengthen the interests of the African continent,” Dirco said in a statement.

South Africa is a member of the G20, which consists of 19 countries, plus the European Union (EU) as the 20th member.

G20 members have been meeting regularly since 1999 with an intention of seeking a collective response to global economic and financial challenges, issues of peace and security, and global governance.

It was conceptualised to stabilise and strengthen the global economy by bringing together the major advanced and emerging market economies.

Minister Sisulu is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with various ministers on the side-lines of the meeting.

“The bilateral meetings will also be used to lobby for South Africa’s candidature for the non-permanent seat in the United Security Council for 2019-2020.”

BRICS Ministers will also use the opportunity to discuss preparations for the upcoming BRICS Ministerial Meeting and BRICS Summit.

South Africa as the chair of group is scheduled to host the 10th BRICS summit from 25 – 27 July at the Sandton Convention Centre, which will see South Africa building on the BRICS programme of development and prosperity for partner countries.

The five BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - account for 26 percent of the world's landmass and are home to 43 percent of the world's population. The bloc is composed of emerging markets and the developing