On the 20th April 2016, SALO facilitated a dialogue in Cape Town, entitled: “Forecasting South African Foreign Policy for the next Twenty Years”. Ms Bestie Smith, Chief Director: Policy, Research and Analysis Unit (PRAU), Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), gave the keynote address. Other speakers* included former South African government ministers and advisors, the Irish Ambassador, as well as foreign policy analysists.
The aim of the dialogue was to initiate an informed and representative dialogue on the future trajectory of South African foreign policy over the next twenty years. This dialogue was a contribution to the broader civil society periodic review and assessment of South African foreign policy approaches and processes.
The key outcomes of the discussion include:
- An acknowledgement that South African foreign policy will continue to be underpinned by pressing domestic imperatives pertaining to socioeconomic development such as job creation, addressing inequality and combating poverty
- The esteemed speakers, noted that they had a role to play in terms of the development of an astute and versatile diplomatic corps to formulate and implement South African foreign policy over the next twenty years
The key issues raised related to contemporary concerns and issues that will affect the formulation and implementation of South African foreign policy over the coming twenty years.
Read full Policy Brief here: Policy Brief 4 – 20th April 2016 – Forecasting SA Foriegn Policy