Preview of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup

The ICC 2019 Males Cricket World Cup starts tomorrow with the opening game between South Africa and co-host England at the Oval. South Africa’s Proteas will once again be looking to shake off the chocker’s label by making a great showing and winning the tournament.

The Proteas coach Ottis Gibson, Barbadian who lived in England for almost 20 Years where he played for Durham, Glamorgan and Leicestershire in English country cricket, his experience with English cricket could be the difference maker and be beneficial for the proteas.

In terms of ICC Rankings South Africa is 8th while England is ranked 4th, England is also one of the tournament’s favourites due to them co-hosting. Australia 2nd and India 5th are also expected to make a strong showing being previous world champions.

The Proteas will have to really bring the fire and show the form that made them the most consistent ODI team in the world for two years in a row, and also being ranked number 1 in the test format. The Match between the Proteas and England will started at 11:30.

South Africa squad

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.outh Africa squad

England squad

Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

The NBD has the potential to reshape the world of development finance

 The New Development Bank has the potential to change the world of development finance, says Professor Karin Costa Vazquez, in an article on the Financial Express.

Prof. Vazquez is the Assistant Dean for Global Engagement, Executive Director, Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at School of International Affairs, O.P Jindal Global University.

The NDB has been in operation for less than four years, however, it has thus far received an AA+ rating international credit rating and built a portfolio of 35 projects worth USD 9.2 billion – nearly half the World Bank’s lending in 2018, reports the Financial Express.

READ MORE: S&P rates Brics New Development Bank AA+

The Professor outlined the key features that set the NBD part; the bank is committed to close the infrastructure gap in developing and emerging countries, it is focused on sustainable development and the bank’s equity in power-sharing.

 

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Indian Elections: Modi claims victory for BJP

After seven weeks long and seven phases the India election which started on 11 April, has finally come to a close. Prime Minister Narendra Modi garnered a landslide victory securing he and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) another term – vote counting is on-going.

According to The guardian, the BJP amassed 290 seats. The BJP is expected to gain almost 300 seats out 542 in congress which is up from their previous result in 2014 of 282 seats.

A new five year term for Modi and an endorsement of his policies means that he has more breathing space and stronger mandate to enact policies unable in his previous term.

Modi also promised to unity India after elections, the second most populous country in the world is not without its divisions.  In terms of foreign policy, Modi will now the tackle the tension with Pakistan and  resolve its issues with the US over Iranian oil and Russia weapons purchases.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

India launches new satellite to observe Earth

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched a new satellite yesterday –  Radar Imaging Satellite-2B (RISAT-2B) satellite took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota and will be the third satellite to join India’s RISAT satellites already in space.

The RISAT satellites will observe earth and India’s weather patterns, a first of its kind for the country. India also plans on launching a new series of satellites in the future, for other task such agriculture conservation and telecommunications. The satellites will also help in disaster relief efforts.

 

Source: www.space.com

Cape Town Theatre School to partake in the BRICS Drama Festival in Moscow

Image source: Waterfront Theatre School

Waterfront Theatre School, a Cape Town, South Africa based school will be participating in the BRICS Drama Festival in Moscow. Students from the esteemed theatre school have been once again invited to The University of Theatre Arts in Russia – with the support of the Presidential Grant Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Culture Department.

Members of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa association during the 10th annual summit of the grouping agreed to more collaboration in arts and culture.

READ MORE:The 10th BRICS Summit outcomes

The 3rd BRICS drama school festival will be held from the 27 May to 6 June 2019. “The project has also received support from the Western Cape Department of Arts and Culture, Proud Partners, the South African National Dance Trust (SANDT) and The M Lahann Trust”, as reported by broadwayworld.com.

This year’s topic is “Greek Theatre and the chosen text is Oedipus Rex”. As per broadwayworld.com, the Waterfront Theatre School will be focusing on choral scenes in Oedipus Rex. Their performance will be concentrated on the traditional African practices of worship, prophecy, protest, celebration and mourning to the ancient text. The focus will be specifically Xhosa tradition.

Brazil will this year host the 11th BRICS Summit. 

READ MORE: Brazil confirms date for the 11th BRICS Summit

 

Source: broadwayworld.com

SA attends WTO Ministerial meeting in India

 

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will this morning attend the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in India.

The aim of the ministerial meeting is to exchange views and ideas on how to best address the challenges facing the Multilateral Trading System (MTS), as well as discuss issues of concern to developing countries.

The two-day meeting which gets underway today, is taking place in New Delhi.

This as there are different diagnoses of problems facing the MTS. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the exchange of views among participating countries on current developments in the Multilateral Trading System with a view to promote inclusive growth and development.

“We need to shape a multilateral trade environment that is conducive and supportive of industrialization, and supports structural transformation and economic diversification. This includes recognizing the necessity of policy space for developing countries, especially African countries to pursue our development objectives and promote regional integration,” said Davies.

The Minister further highlighted that the meeting is taking place at a time when global trade is going through a period of uncertainty with an increase in protectionism in some countries and a backlash against trade agreements and globalization due to lack of inclusive growth.

The Government of India that is organizing this meeting, expressed the hope that this meeting will provide a direction on how to constructively engage on the various issues facing the WTO.

These include the current challenges in the appointment of Appellate Body Members in the build up to the next WTO Ministerial Council meeting that will take place in 2020.

The meeting in Delhi will conclude tomorrow.

 

– SAnews.gov.za

France makes plea for India, Brazil, Germany and Japan to be included as permanent members of UNSC

France has made a plea for India, Brazil, Germany and Japan to be included as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). According to France his is “absolutely needed” as only a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council will better reflect contemporary realities. The inclusion of these countries is among France’s “strategic” priorities.

 François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York and head of France’s UN mission said that “Germany, Japan, India, Brazil and a fair representation of Africa in particular are absolutely needed at the table to get towards a fairer representation of the Security Council. This is for us a matter of priority.”

 

 

Source: domain-b.com

How BRICS can use AI to lead in the 21st century

In October 2017, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took part in an online conference with people in China. During the conference, one of the participants asked what China-Russia ties would look like in 2050.

Medvedev’s response did not make headlines. It should have – because he talked almost entirely about artificial intelligence (AI). Several months later, in May 2018, a similar development took place.

Following a trip to China by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China and India launched an AI corridor, boosting co-operation between Indian software companies and Chinese firms in high-tech manufacturing and information technology projects.

As with Russia, this development did not make headlines. In June 2017, a Sino-India standoff occurred over disputed territory near the three-way border between India, its ally By Abishur Prakash

How BRICS can use AI to lead in the 21st century Bhutan, and China. The dispute lasted a few months and nearly led to war. Then, in an effort to “reset” or mend ties, India and China turned to AI.

A few months after this, in July 2018, at the 10th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg, a memorandum of understanding was introduced to bolster co-operation on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as “Industry 4.0”.

As AI and robotics create new opportunities and challenges, BRICS member states are starting to look to each other for support. The writing is on the wall for anyone paying attention. BRICS, a grouping of nations that represent 25% of the global economy, is looking to AI for its future.

For now, AI is being used to strengthen ties between members. But in the future, BRICS could go beyond this. The bloc could start using AI to redefine and restructure geopolitics – a move that could take the world in brand new directions.

Full Article in BRICS Journal Issue 7

How innovation is playing an increasingly central role in India diplomacy

Innovation is increasingly becoming a buzzword in India. In 2016, the country launched its flagship innovation programme, Atal Innovation Mission, focused on scaling start-up incubation centres and promoting innovation culture among schoolchildren by providing them with hands-on experience in 3D printing, the internetof things (IOT) and robotics.

A consistent policy focus on innovation seems to have helped India improve its ranking in the Global Innovation Index, from 81st in 2015 to 57th in 2018. Notably, this strong domestic policy focus is supplemented by the country’s ongoing diplomatic efforts in forging strong economic ties with other nations, based on innovation – a strategy known as ‘innovation diplomacy’.

India’s ongoing efforts in promoting bilateral investment and cooperation in the area of innovation had a strong impact in 2017. The theme of innovation, R&D and start-ups remained an important agenda point in almost all the bilateral visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in other diplomatic engagements.

The launch of the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund in August and India’s hosting of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (convened by the US) in November reflected the serious intent of the Indian government with regard to innovation diplomacy.

Full Article in BRICS Journal Issue 7

Focus sectors for the 2019 BRICS Summit

Brazil, 2019 BRICS host has outlined focus sectors for their host year. The South American powerhouse announced interesting sectors as priorities for the 11th Summit.

Related: Brazil confirms date for the 11th BRICS Summit

Among the focus sectors announced by Brazil are scientific technical and innovative cooperation, digital economy, fight against organized crimes and money laundering. Brasilia will this year be taking the rotating presidency of the bloc created in 2006 that includes also Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

South Africa played a host of the BRICS 10th Summit with a diversity of discussions – development, economic growth, prosperity, peace, and security.

Related: The 10th BRICS Summit outcomes

 

Source: Economic Times