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01. November 2021

Minister Pandor led the RSA Delegation at the G20 Leaders’ Summit 30-31 October 2021 in Italy

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, led the South African delegation at the G20 Leaders’ Summit from 30 to 31 October 2021 in Rome, Italy.

As the current President of the G20, Italy convened the summit under the three pillars of People, Planet and Prosperity.

The G20 brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for more than 80% of world gross domestic product, 75% of global trade and 60% of the population of the planet.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, uneven global recovery, unequal access to vaccines and disruptions in global supply chains, the G20 was seized with some of the most vexing challenges facing the global economy.

In this regard, South Africa prioritised access to vaccines, food security, debt and liquidity support, women empowerment and eliminating all forms of gender-based violence as some of the most important priorities for the G20 to address.

As the current President of the G20, Italy convened the summit under the three pillars of People, Planet and Prosperity.

The G20 brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for more than 80% of world gross domestic product, 75% of global trade and 60% of the population of the planet.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, uneven global recovery, unequal access to vaccines and disruptions in global supply chains, the G20 was seized with some of the most vexing challenges facing the global economy.

In this regard, South Africa prioritised access to vaccines, food security, debt and liquidity support, women empowerment and eliminating all forms of gender-based violence as some of the most important priorities for the G20 to address.

South Africa also sought reaffirmation of previous commitments by the G20 relating to support for Africa’s industrialisation, the G20 Partnership and Compact with Africa as well as the G20’s commitment to addressing illicit financial flows.

Under the Planet pillar, South Africa advocated for equal treatment of the climate in terms of mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation, including financing and technology transfer.

Noting the importance of digitisation as an enabler of prosperity, South Africa advocated for a commitment by the G20 to address the digital divide and the role of data for development.

Minister Pandor also met her United States (US) counterpart, Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, for a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

South Africa and the US maintain cordial bilateral relations, managed through three structured engagements: the Strategic Dialogue (Ministerial level), Working Group on African and Global Issues (Director-General level) and the Annual Bilateral Forum (senior officials’ level).

The US is a strategic partner for South Africa and a major export market for value-added products and a significant source of foreign direct investment, technology transfer, development assistance and tourism.
The US remains South Africa’s third-largest trading partner, with more than 600 American companies operating within our borders.

In addition to the substantive G20 programme, Minister Pandor engaged in a number of other bilateral meetings on the margins of the Leaders’ Summit.

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