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MISS TRAQ Planning Committee Holds Pre-Event Face-To-Face Engagement
Oru Leonard -

4 February 2024
Ms. Sark (Alice Frimpong Sarkodie) the Ghana Project Director of the Miss Trade Queen Africa Pageant, and Continental President Mr. Prince Siita Sofo, the president of AfCFTA Young Entrepreneurs Federation (AfYEF), convened a face-to-face meeting with the organizing team on Saturday, February 3rd, preceding the launch of the maiden edition of Miss Trade Queen Africa pageantry on February 8th, 2024, at Achimota Mall Accra, Ghana.

BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas Hold First Meeting under Russian Chairmanship in Moscow
BRICS Sherpas and Sous Sherpas in Moscow, Russia (photo: Embassy of Russia in South Africa)

5 February 2024

The first meeting of BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas as part of Russia’s chairmanship of the association kicked off in Moscow on 30 January. Key priorities for the coming year concerning BRICS interaction on trade and economic issues were outlined on the first day of the meeting. Presentations by representatives of Russian government agencies resulted in a lively discussion among the participants.


Welcoming the Dragon

By Kirtan Bhana

Talented and skilled performers with dignitaries at the Chinese New Year Gala (photo: Embassy of China)

Expressing wishes of a bumper harvest, Ambassador Siyabonga Cwele of South Africa to China extended his heartfelt New Year wishes to the people of China. Ambassador Cwele actively participated in the celebrations, showcasing traditional and cultural performances hosted by the Embassy of China to South Africa, alongside Ambassador Chen Xiaodong.

South Africa sends first shipment under AfCFTA agreement

President Cyril Ramaphosa joined by Minister of Trade , Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel , Premier Nomusa Dube - Ncube, AfCFTA Secretary General Wamkele Mene, including dignitaries of AfCFTA Council of Ministers witnessed the first shipment of Proudly South Africa products exported on a vessel to Ghana. (photo: Kopano Tlape/GCIS)

1 February 2024

The implementation of the preferential trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has become a reality with South Africa sending its first shipment of products to other countries trading under the agreement.

Celebrating Australia on a journey of reconciliation


A toast to the peoples of Australia and South Africa, High Commissioner Tegan Brink of Australia and SA Minister Thulas Nxesi of Employment and Labour  (photo: TDS) 

31 January 2024

Australia, this unique land 'down under,' as it is affectionately known, was recently celebrated by the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. "A country with a strong culture of open and free debate, much like South Africa," remarked Tegan Brink, High Commissioner of Australia to South Africa, as she opened the festivities.


The European Union becomes 12th Dialogue Partner of the Indian Ocean Rim Association
Secretary General of IORA Dr Salman Farisi and Ambassador of the EU Oska Benedikt

30 January 2024

During a ceremony held at Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Secretariat in Ebene, Mauritius on 30 January 2024, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Oskar Benedikt, presented the Letter of Acceptance (LoA), signed by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice President of the Commission, Mr Josep Borrell, to the Secretary-General of IORA, Dr. Salman Al Farisi to officially start EU’s engagement with IORA as an IORA Dialogue Partner.

Greater Voice for Global South
The AU’s admission as a G20 member is a diplomatic coup for the developing world

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Azali Assoumani, chairperson of the AU, hug each other as the AU became a permanent member of the G20 in New Delhi, India, on 9 September 2023 (G20 X ACCOUNT)


10 January 2024

The African Union's (AU) admission as a new G20 member is a diplomatic breakthrough and a major step towards a more balanced world order in favour of the developing nations. In September, the G20 Summit in Delhi, India, accepted the AU as its new member, giving the continent a greater voice in the global economic affairs.



Why Guangdong's success is no surprise?

by Kirtan Bhana

26 January 2024

It does not surprise me that Guangdong Province has achieved remarkable success. It has had the honor of holding the number one position in the GDP rank of all of China’s provinces for an impressive 35 consecutive years. At around 10% of China’s GDP, Guangdong's staggering 13 trillion yuan GDP, equivalent to over 1.8 trillion USD, is the largest contributor to China's overall GDP. The province would rank in the top ten of the G20 nations, just above Brazil and Australia.

Bharat is in a Period of Epochal Transformation - Murmu on Republic Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes President Droupadi Murmu and French President Emmanuel Macron at Kartavya Path for Republic Day celebrations (photo: twitter)

26 January 2024

President Droupadi Murmu addressed the nation on the eve of the 75th Republic Day of India. In her address to the nation on the eve of the 75th Republic Day Murmu said that the nation is in the early years of Amrit Kaal, the period leading to the centenary of Independence. "This is the time of an epochal transformation. We are given a golden opportunity to take the country to new heights. Contribution from every citizen will be crucial to achieve our goals."


Henan Overseas Spring Festival Gala in Ethiopia

26 January 2024

On January 23, 2024, sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the People's Government of Henan Province, the Information Office of the Provincial Government, Henan Radio and Television Station, and the China Henan Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia, and organized by China Songshan Shaolin Temple, Henan Acrobatic Group, Puyang Acrobatic Art School, Henan Yangshao Liquor Group, Chinese Toutiao Henan Channel, Wulin Feng Hainan Media Co., Ltd., and Henan Radio and Television Wushu World Channel, the "Henan Overseas Spring Festival Gala Africa Tour" was held as scheduled at the Ethiopian National Theater.


Electoral Commission calls on South Africans living abroad to register to vote

25 January 2024

The Electoral Commission is pleased to announce that over 18 469 South African citizens living in 101 countries around the world have started registering to vote using the newly launched online registration portal system. The system has been operational since December 2023.

World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture celebrated

Prof. Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad - Togo (photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Togo)

24 January 2024

UNESCO adopted 24 January as the World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019. This date coincides with the adoption of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. Celebration of this day also aims to promote the widest possible ratification and implementation of this Charter by African States, thereby strengthening the role of culture in promoting peace on the continent.

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