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Globalisation and International Relations: Challenges and Opportunities for Provinces

31 August-1 September, Kromme Rhee, Stellenbosch

"Globalisation" is a popular term used by governments, businesses, academics and a range of diverse non-governmental organisations. It also, however, signifies a new paradigm within world politics and economic relations. While national governments for many years dictated the international political and economic scene, international organisations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation have now become significant roleplayers. In this "global village" national governments have lost some of their importance and perhaps their powers in favour of these major international organisations.Within the variety of federal systems found around the world there is at least one common denominator, namely that there is more than one level or sphere of government with constitutionally allocated powers and functions. In these systems the changes in global or international relations referred to above have an additional effect on the particular countries. It causes provinces, states or Länder to re-evaluate their role, in particular their role in international relations. Global matters – for example the creation of a free trade area – impacts at both the national or federal level of government, as well as at the provincial level.

Table of Contents


Dirk Brand, Director: Intergovernmental Relations, Western Cape Provincial Government

Opening Remarks

Dr Michael Lange, Resident Representative, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Johannesburg

The Role of International Organisations and their Effect on Provinces: The Case of the World Trade Organisation

Prof. Nico Steytler, Director: Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape

The Constitutional Accommodation of International Trade Relations, With Specific Reference to Provinces

Prof. Gerhard Erasmus, University of Stellenbosch

The Challenge of Globalisation: Drawing the Poor into the Economic Mainstream

– A Perspective from the Western Cape

Prof. Servaas Van der Berg, Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch

Including the Poor in the Economic Mainstream: From Survivalism to Wealth Creation through Entrepreneurship

Ms Claudia Mutschler, Anglo American Chairman’s Fund Latin American Research Fellow, South African Institute of International Affairs

The European Union–South Africa Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement and its Potential for the Provinces

Mr Neil van Heerden, Executive Director, South Africa Foundation

The European Union–South Africa Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement and its Potential for the Provinces

Ms Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott, Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch

Globalisation and the Nation-State

Dr Leopold Scholtz, Die Burger