IBSA Current Affairs - 2019

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IBSA Gandhi-Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the first IBSA Gandhi-Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture. Highlights from the Speech are:

  • Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela wanted to see the elimination of poverty and a world where nations respect one another and multilateralism was upheld and respected and there was tolerance for each other’s religion, race, caste and regional affiliation.
  • India and South Africa are separated by an ocean but bound together by the collective energies of people. The legacies of Gandhi and Mandela have never been more important than they are today. Both India and South Africa have a collective role in addressing the global economy which is facing a number of challenges right now.
  • President Ramaphosa India and South Africa recalled the words of Jawaharlal Nehru’s who called Asia and Africa sister continents in 1955.
  • President Ramaphosa remembered Ahmed Kathrada and Ismail Mohammad for their contribution to South Africa’s democracy and Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Ela Gandhi for playing a leading role in the women’s movement in South Africa.
  • President Ramaphosa thanked people of India for their courage, encouragement, inspiration they have sent during our struggle for liberation. He noted that India’s consistent solidarity towards liberation struggles of not just South Africa but of other countries as well
  • The legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela go far beyond their stature as the founding fathers of our two great countries India and South Africa.
  • President Ramaphosa lauded efforts of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela on justice and liberty, for human dignity and human rights and non-violent resistance.

IBSA

IBSA is an international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among India, Brazil and South Africa. IBSA symbolises three important poles for galvanizing South-South cooperation and greater understanding between three important continents of the developing world namely, Africa, Asia and South America.

IBSA provides with a platform for the three countries to engage in discussions for cooperation in the field of agriculture, trade, culture, and defence among others.

IBSA Ministerial Meet held at Pretoria, South Africa

A meeting between external affairs ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa was organized in Pretoria, South Africa. This ministerial summit chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was attended by South African Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Brazilian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvao.

The outcome of this meeting was a document titled IBSA Declaration on South-South Cooperation. This document calls for contribtion of each of the member of IBSA forum to contribute to greater understanding of development cooperation as a common endeavour of the global South.

About IBSA

IBSA Dialogue Forum, comprising India, Brazil, South Africa, is a tripartite group which supports promotion of cooperation in various fields between these three important poles of South-South cooperation. Main objective of IBSA include:

  • To promote South-South cooperation by making an important axis between three important countries of three continents viz. India, Africa and South America.
  • To build consensus on issues of international importance such as UN and UNSC reforms and reforms in Brettonwoods Organizations.
  • To increase trade / exchange of information opportunities between the three countries and their efforts in international poverty alleviation and social development.

IBSA was established in 2003 via Brasilia Declaration by external affairs ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa.