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Research Report

The India-Brazil-South Africa Trilateral Dialogue Forum at 10 Years:: Reflections and looking ahead

Compiled by John Mashala
Copyright Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Pages: 17

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  1. (pp. [ii]-[ii])
  2. (pp. [iii]-[iii])
  3. (pp. 4-4)

    Ten years ago, India, Brazil and South Africa issued the Brasilia Declaration launching what has become known as IBSA, a trilateral initiative of multifaceted cooperation among three of the most influential regional powers on their respective continents. IBSA has elaborated a multifaceted agenda of functional cooperation across some 16 sectoral working groups while adding to the international lobby for UN Security Council Reform. IBSA has also made a mark in development cooperation through the launching of the IBSA Development Fund managed under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Taken together with its business council, academic and parliamentary...

  4. (pp. 5-10)

    H.E. Mr Virendra Gupta, the Indian High Commissioner, began the discussion by noting that ten years ago IBSA was just a concept bringing together three South-South emerging democracies from three different continents. He maintained that despite the geographic divisions the three emerging democracies had noticeable similarities in their positions on economic, political or climate change factors and in their parliamentary driven policies. High Commissioner Gupta considered that the IBSA forum was made possible by the strong support at political level and noted that within the context of massive political support, IBSA saw a strong rapid growth. In addition, he noted...

  5. (pp. 11-11)

    In the discussion session that followed the presenters raised a number of questions. A question regarding development cooperation and the financing capacity of the IBSA fund was raised and the distinction between the BRICS bank and the IBSA fund was discussed. Furthermore, a question was raised regarding the possible opening up of IBSA for membership. It was noted that although not currently on the agenda, the issue of membership was open depending on the leadership and the political will of the three governments. They had to adopt a very careful stance so as not to be perceived as hegemonic and...

  6. (pp. 12-12)