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Southern Africa and Mercosur/l: Reviewing the Relationship and Seeking Opportunities

24–25 October 2000, São Paulo, Brazil

Two questions arose at the Sao Paulo event which the presentations essentially sought to address: Was there a common regional interest in progressing with a closer inter-regional relationship? If so, how could the relationship be taken forward?Until now, the regional relationship has conceptually been handled at two levels: first, at the political level under the broad rubric of “South–South” cooperation. This has included dealings through the Zone of Peace and Cooperation in the South Atlantic (ZPCSA), the Valdivia environmental groupingBut there is apparently more to the relationship than just freer trade and investment flows.Both Southern Africa and South America are grappling with the challenges of globalisation, of attempting to bridge the growing divide between what was described at the conference as “the digitally empowered and marginalised”. Closer cooperation might help to devise new norms, regimes and global architecture to cope with these difficulties by:developing strategies to reduce poverty, fight crime and narrow income disparitiesestablishing conditions of good public governance and assisting market reformssetting the standards for international best practice.

Table of Contents

Welcome

Luiz Felipe Lampreia, Foreign Minister, Brazil

Joachim Zahn, DaimlerChrysler

REFLECTIONS ON THE 1998 JOHANNESBURG SADC-MERCOSUL CONFERENCE

Greg Mills, National Director, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Amb. José Botafogo Gonçalves, Special Representative for Mercosul, Brazil

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SADS AND MERCOSUR: AN OUTLOOK FOR INTER-REGIONAL COOPERATION

Marcelo de Paiva Abreu, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Margaret Nyireda, Senior Economist, SADC Secretariat, Botswana

REGIONAL INTEGRATION, GLOBALISATION AND DEMOCRATIC STABILITY: A SOUTH–SOUTH PERSPECTIVE

Aziz Pahad, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa

Tshediso Matona, Chief Director: Trade Negotiations, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Agostinho Zacarias, Senior Policy Adviser on Governance and Special Assistant to the UN Under Secretary-General responsible for Africa, Mozambique

SHARED REGIONAL CHALLENGES: ECONOMIC REFORM AND STRATEGIC ISSUES

Mark Shaw, Research Fellow: Crime and Political Transitions Project, SAIIA

Andrés Rebolledo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Chile

Armando Castelar Pinheiro, Institute of Economic, Social and Political Studies (IDESP), Brazil

Amb. Boris Yopo Herrera, Chile in South Africa

TOWARDS A SOUTH ATLANTIC FREE TRADE AREA? THE BUSINESS, TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIMENSIONS

Heinz-Michael Stahl, Advisor, SADC Secretariat, Botswana

José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, Director-General: Department of Latin American Integration: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Roberto Macedo, Economist and Consultant, Brazil

Moeletsi Mbeki, Businessman: Construction, South Africa

Joe Mollo, former career Lesotho diplomat; Manager: Public Policy, Billiton plc

Vilmar Coutinho, Special Advisor for International Affairs, Secretariat of Production Development, Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade, Brazil

Zavareh Rustomjee, Adviser to the Minister, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Guy Young, Executive Director: Latin American Operation, Anglo American, (1993–2000)

Mark Pearson, Advisor to the Comesa Secretary-General, Zambia

CONCLUSIONS: TAKING THE RELATIONSHIP FORWARD

Neil van Heerden, Executive Director, South Africa Foundation