In preparation for the upcoming Fifth BRICS Summit in Durban (26-27 March 2013), the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) invites media representatives to a one-day, interactive BRICS Summit workshop scheduled for Wednesday, 20 February 2013 in Durban, KwaZulu Natal.
 
BRICS is an acronym for the grouping of the world’s leading emerging market economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS mechanism aims to promote development cooperation, security, peace and establishing a more equitable world.
 
The workshop will update media representatives on the status of preparations for South Africa’s hosting of the Fifth BRICS Summit, South Africa’s membership of BRICS and global competitiveness, as well as envisaged outcomes of the Summit.
 
All media are invited as follows:
 
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2013
 
Time: 08h30 – 13h30
 
Venue: Garden Court Marine Parade Hotel, 167 Marine Parade, Marine Parade, DURBAN, KZN Province
 
RSVP: Ms Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / 083 564 2024
 
Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
 
Programme: 
08h30-09h30 Arrival
Registration
Tea & Coffee
 
09h30-09h35 Opening and Welcome
 
09h35-10h30 From Sanya to Durban: SA’s role in BRICS and preparation for SA’s
chairing of the Fifth BRICS Summit: Briefing by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
 
• How SA joined BRICS Why BRICS membership is important
• BRICS priorities
• Fifth BRICS Summit theme, agenda and programme
• Envisaged deliverables of the Summit
 
Question and answer session
 
10h30-11h30 Increasing economic cooperation between BRICS countries and Africa Presentation by Mr Brian Soldaat, Director: Resource Based Industries,
Trade and Investment South Africa
 
Question and answer session
 
11h30-11:45 Tea Break
 
11h45-12h45 South Africa’s global competiveness: Presentation by Dr Petrus de Kock, Research Manager, Brand South Africa
 
Question and answer session
 
12h45-13h30 Media logistics for the Fifth BRICS Summit: Briefing by Mr Nelson Kgwete, Director: Media Liaison, DIRCO
 
Question and answer session
 
Closure
 
13h30 Departure for lunch on boat (sponsored tour)