Redistribution of Powers: New Stage of Kazakhstan’s Democracy Development
23 February 2017
By the end of February 2017 the project on constitutional reform in Kazakhstan will be presented for public discussion.
In January 2017, Honorable Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan addressed the nation on redistribution of powers among governmental bodies. A special working group had been created by the President’s decree to carry out a thorough work on the issue of redistributing powers.
The upcoming reforms are based on the principles of Kazakhstan’s development and the principles of modern development in general. The reforms will lead to the delegation of some powers to the Parliament and the Government by the President.
Strong presidential power was necessary to Kazakhstan to overcome enormous difficulties during the first years of Independence and state formation period. Now Kazakhstan shifts to a new level of its historical and democratic development.
South Africa-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
19 February 2017
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has concluded a successful working visit to Beijing in the People's Republic of China, where she met with her counterpart, Foreign Minister WANG Yi and paid a courtesy call on Vice Minister of Finance SHI Yaobin.
South Africa and China’s bilateral diplomatic relationship is at the level of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP), with China currently involved in several important development projects in the country. The two countries are also members of BRICS and co-chairs of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The engagements in Beijing provided an important opportunity for Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister WANG Yi, as well as Vice Minister SHI Yaobin to discuss issues of mutual interest at the bilateral and multilateral level.
USAID at 55: A Closer Look at Global Development and Humanitarian Assistance
By Srimal Fernando Global Editor The Diplomatic Society
USAID staff prepares to load relief supplies into a US navy Seahawk helicopter at Tacloban Airport on November 17, 2013. (Photo USAID / Mark Ralston, AFP)
The year 2016 marked a very important milestone in the history of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on its 55th anniversary. Way back in 196Os the leadership of former US President John F Kennedy transformed the first US foreign assistance organization in the intervening years to a globally impacting organization whose primary importance was on long-range economic and social development assistance efforts to developing nations.
Over the last 50 years. USAID has a global footprint with operations in over 120 countries, functions in some 30 different program areas with an annual budget of around US$ 17 billion (USAID 2016).
Shaping the global order – foreign policy beyond crisis management
17 February 2017
South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane concluded a successful working visit to Germany where she led the South African delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Bonn from 16-17 February 2017.
South Africa is one of the 19 member countries of the Group of 20 (G20) which, in addition to the European Union (EU), the 20th member, have been meeting regularly since 1999 to discuss global economic policy coordination.
Germany assumed the Presidency of the G20 in December 2016 and unveiled its overarching theme for its Presidency of “Shaping an Interconnected World” with the sub-themes of “building resilience”, “improving sustainability” and “assuming responsibility”.
Najm us Saqib’s novel 'BAOO' launched in South Africa
12 February 2017
Mr Najm us Saqib, High Commissioner of Pakistan in South Africa has launched his book 'BAOO' in Pretoria. This is the first English novel written by a hugely popular and well-known Urdu and Spanish poet and author, who has to date published three poetry books in Urdu, one novel in Urdu and a collection of his Spanish poetry.
Photo: High Commissioner Najm us Saqib and Mr. Nasir Khan, the President of Pakistan-South Africa Association
On his first Urdu novel "Yahan se Aagey", published in 2011, the prestigious Bolan Academy of Pakistan, conferred upon him "the Excellence in Literature Award", in the same year. 'BAOO' is based on this award winning novel, whose second edition was marketed by the publisher in 2013. Considering the appreciation received, the author has translated his Urdu novel, with few adjustments, for the English novel readership.
The book launch was hosted by Mr. Nasir Khan, the President of Pakistan-South Africa Association, Pretoria.
Children’s hospital designed by children
15 February 2017
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) in Johannesburg South Africa has taken every care to make sure that sick children have access to the best medical treatment possible. So much so that children were asked to be part of the design process.
In collaboration with SICKKIDS Canada, the largest paediatric academic health sciences centre in Canada, the NMCH seeks to become a leading research and development facility on the African continent.
Photo: (l-r) Leonard Nolasco, Project Manager, Cathy Seguin, Vice-President, International Affairs for Sickkids, Nana Magomola, Deputy Chair NMCH Trust, Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the NMCH Trust and Sandra McCardell, Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa
Our mission is to improve the health of children by providing the best in family centred care, achieving ground breaking scientific and clinical advancements and training the next generation of experts in child health, said Cathy Seguin, Vice-President, International Affairs for Sickkids. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, the institute has pioneered scientific and clinical advancements that have helped children around the globe.
Algeria to get a taste of SA culture
14 February 2017
Algerians will get an opportunity to sample South Africa’s artistic talent when the cultural seasons is launched in that country on 24 February.
The cultural programme will be launched in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, and will run until 3 March.
Photo: The Algerian National Ballet participated in the 12th Gcwala Ngamasiko Cultural festival 2016, held in Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto, on 29 May 2016. Speaking at the event Ambassador of Algeria to South Africa, H.E. Mr Abd-El-Naceur Belaid reiterated the commitment of Algeria to the continental unity of the African peoples in all its dynamics. (File photo)
The programme is aimed at showcasing South Africa’s artistic talent to create an inter-cultural and inter-generational dialogue between the two countries. It is also a platform to strengthen cultural and people-to-people relations, lay the basis for expanded trade and promote cultural diplomacy as part of government’s broader socio-economic agenda.
Senior Officials Meetings with Singapore and Thailand
15 February 2017
Professor Sooklal, Deputy Director-General Asia and the Middle East at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation , travelled to Singapore and Thailand as co-chair of the 4th Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) with Singapore on 23 January 2017, and the 5th Senior Officials Meetings (SOM) with Thailand on 25 January 2017.
Both countries are members of ASEAN and are among the key growth drivers regionally and globally. The significance of this meeting comes at a time when the world economy and political systems are under massive strain to adapt to a radically changing world environment.
Integrated urban development
12 February 2017
South Africa’s Cooperative Governance Deputy Minister Andries Nel has met with his counterpart, the Barbara Hendricks, Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Building and Nuclear.
The meeting, which was held on Friday in Cape Town, was aimed at strengthening existing relations and cooperation between the two countries.
“Following the South Africa–Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC), which was established in 1996, bilateral relations between the countries continued to grow stronger.
“The BNC includes various joint committees such as Development Cooperation, amongst many others. Under the development cooperation, the two countries signed five agreements worth €414.26 million (approximately R5.89 billion) in June 2014,” the Department of Cooperative Governance said in a statement after the meeting.
The department is a recipient of development cooperation technical and financial support through the Governance Support Programme (GSP) made available through this agreement.
The South African and German Ministries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 dealing exclusively with collaboration and peer exchange in the field of integrated urban development.
Kazakhstan is shifting to a new model of power distribution
The President of Kazakhstan, Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the nation on 25 January 2017 regarding the issue of redistribution of powers between branches of government which he said was a fundamental issue for Kazakhstan.
In his address President Nazarbayev said, "A special Working group was created in accordance with my decree. The group has done a great job. I was briefed on the work accomplished by the group. The upcoming reform is based on the principles of our development and the principles of modern development in general. The quintessence is that the President delegates some powers to the Parliament and the Government.
Vertical separation of power was necessary to us in the course of overcoming the enormous difficulties of state formation. This principle justified itself. All our achievements were accomplished precisely under this system. This reform is aimed at improving the efficiency of the executive system.
We have built a new state, a new economy, and a new society. The efficiency of our development path proved right in the course of history. Marking the 25th anniversary of our independence, we talked about our achievements, including the work of the authorities, the presidential system.
Police Action for IDSA members
15 February 2017
Commander Chris Opperman, of the Tshwane Metro Police, and his team attended IDSA's January coffee meeting hosted by Champa Weerasekara, of Sri Lanka. Members turned out in full force for a lesson in personal safety and self defense, with 26 people attending, including new members Aysha Al Mahmoud of Qatar, Hang Trinh of Vietnam, and Anne Waldek, who is here with Bosch.
First Commander Opperman talked about how to avoid trouble and what to do when someone gets too close for comfort. The important thing to remember, he said, is to project assurance and confidence – it’s the weakest of the herd that gets targeted.
Captain Collete Weilbach, of the Brooklyn SAPS, showed members simple ways to disable and escape would be criminals.