The discussion themes that were generated during this session were:
The understanding of the concept of National Interest;
Challenges facing the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation; and
Questions of Strategy;
The significant questions in this regard was what is South Africa’s national interest, and how trade features into the strategic thinking behind identifying national interests.
The responses were that the concept of South Africa’s national interests is contested and unclear. This is partly due to the need of having participation from various sectors, that have different perspectives on what must be pursued as important objectives, and what must...