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Argentina’s G20 Sherpa visits South Africa

On the 15th of February, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted a Dialogue with Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado, after his visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa as part of the outreach program of the Argentine Presidency of the G20 with different regions.

Photo: Ambassador Javier Esteban Figuera of the Republic of Argentina(l) hosted Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado(r) at his official residence for a conversation with media and think tanks.

Argentina’s G20 Presidency has taken a new approach in the organization of the group’s summit, engaging countries outside the group to listen to their priorities and evaluate how to include them into the G20 Agenda.

The proposed agenda for the 2018 Summit, that will take place in Buenos Aires at the end of November, will focus on three themes: the future of work and what this means for education; infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future.


This is the first time the G20 has had a Sherpa hold a meaningful dialogue with African officials at the AU headquarters in order to solicit their views on the G20 agenda.

Photo: Ambassador Anil Sooklal and Ambassador Delgado

The panelists at DIRCO’s Dialogue included the South African G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Anil Sooklal; the Program Director of GEG Africa, Nadira Bayat; the High Commissioner of Rwanda -in representation of the Chair of the AU- and the Ambassador of Senegal -in representation of the Chair of NEPAD- as well as representatives of the Think20; Southern African Liaison Office; NEPAD Infrastructure, the Black Business Council and Business Unity South Africa.

Among the participants were Ambassadors and representatives of the G20 countries, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries and members of several South African research institutes.



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