The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, will participate in a three-day meeting of G20 Education Ministers in 2022 to be held in Bali, Indonesia.
The meeting, which is scheduled to take place from August 31 to September 2, 2022, is convened by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia.
The meeting will be held under the theme of this year’s G20 Education Working Group (EdWG), “Recover, Reimagine and Build Back Stronger”.
The G20 is a strategic multilateral platform linking the world’s major developed and emerging economies, and plays a strategic role in ensuring future global economic growth and prosperity.
Together, the members of the G20 represent more than 80% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), 75% of international trade and 60% of the world’s population.
Created in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors, the G20 has evolved into an annual summit of heads of state and government.
In addition, Sherpa meetings (responsible for carrying out negotiations and building consensus among leaders), working groups and special events are also organized throughout the year.
On August 31, senior officials representing various countries will have the chance to meet at the fourth meeting of the G20 EdWG to finalize the Education Ministers’ Statement and the G20 Education Report 2022.
“On September 1, the meeting will adopt these two deliverables and Ministers will have the opportunity to share their views on the theme of this year’s G20 EdWG. Minister Nzimande will publicly share the South African perspective on the theme during the work of the conference,” the ministry said in a statement.
Nzimande will be accompanied by the director general of higher education and training, Nkosinathi Sishi.
The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and European Union. Spain is also invited as a permanent guest.
Each year, the Presidency invites guest countries that fully participate in the G20 exercise. Several international and regional organizations also participate, giving the forum an even broader representativeness.
(With contributions from the South African government press release)