South Africa: The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, will be attending the G20 Education Ministers’ Meeting 2022, convened by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia from the August 31st to September 2nd in Bali, Indonesia.
The meeting will be held under the theme of G20 EdWG this year “Recover, Reimagine, and Rebuild Stronger”.
The G20 is a strategic multilateral platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies.
The G20 holds a strategic role in securing future global economic growth and prosperity.
Together, the G20 members represent more than 80 percent of world GDP, 75 percent of international trade and 60 percent of the world population.
Starting in 1999 as a meeting for the finance minister and central bank governors, the G20 has evolved into a yearly summit involving the Head of State and Government. In addition to that, the Sherpa meetings (in charge of carrying out negotiations and building consensus among Leaders), working groups, and special events are also organized throughout the year.
As part of this year’s programme of the meeting, on August 31st, the high officials representing various countries will have the chance to meet at the Fourth G20 Education Working Group (EWG) Meeting to finalize the Education Ministers‘ Declaration and the G20 Education Report 2022.
On September 1st, the meeting will adopt these two deliverables, and the Ministers will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on this year’s G20 EWG theme.
Minister Nzimande will publicly share the South African perspective on the theme during the proceedings of the conference.
The members of the G20 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Spain is also invited as a permanent guest.
Each year, the Presidency invites guest countries, which take full part in the G20 exercise. Several international and regional organizations also participate, granting the forum an even broader representation.
Minister Nzimande will be accompanied by the Department of Higher Education and Training Director General, Nkosinathi Sishi.
Members of the media are welcome to contact Ishmael Mnisi at Ishmael.Mnisi@dst.gov.za for further information and interviews with the Minister.