India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum, Somerset West Ministerial Communiqué 11 May 2008

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Energy, ICT, Transport, Water and Sanitation, Political governance
Organisation : Other
Date made: 
2008
Level: 
Ministerial
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Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“1. The Minister of External Affairs of India, H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, the Minister of External Relations of Brazil, H.E. Mr. Celso Amorim, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, met in Somerset West, South Africa on 11 May 2008 for the Fifth Meeting of the Trilateral Commission of the IBSA Dialogue Forum.

2. The Ministers reaffirmed that IBSA provides a unique framework for trilateral coordination on international issues and cooperation in several sectoral areas whilst ensuring people-to-people interaction making the Forum a meaningful reality to the people of the three countries.”
 

Scope: 
International

“24.The Ministers reiterated their firm commitment to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as the key African Union (AU) socioeconomic programme for Africa. In this regard, they acknowledged that infrastructural development was central to economic development on the Continent. Further cooperation should focus on the re-alignment of NEPAD identified priorities for infrastructural development relating to the areas of ICT, energy, water and sanitation and transport.”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Governance - Political governance

“3. The Ministers reaffirmed their call to make the structures of global governance more democratic, representative and legitimate by increasing the participation of the South in their decision-making. In this regard, the Ministers reiterated that the international system cannot be reordered meaningfully without a comprehensive reform of the UN, and the Security Council, in permanent and non-permanent categories of membership. Ministers reiterated that inter-governmental negotiations on the issue of Security Council reform must commence forthwith.”

Scope: 
International