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Event

South Africa's Mining Industry: The Trade Union Perspective

Monday 28 April 2014 10:30 to 11:30 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

Senzeni Zokwana, President, National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa
Peter Bailey, National Chairperson, Health and Safety, National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa
Chair: Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

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Despite simmering unrest and strikes, South Africa’s mining industry has remained a vital part of the country’s economy. The sector, which contributes to a significant proportion of world production and reserves, has benefitted from rising commodity prices, but growth has been hampered by inter-union rivalry and debates surrounding nationalization. 


Event

Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement: The Long Haul to Recovery

Wednesday 14 May 2014 10:00 to 11:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

Dr Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Dr Steve Kibble, Co-Author
Discussant: Dr Miles Tendi, Lecturer in African History and Politics, University of Oxford
Chair: Alex Vines, Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

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After a decade of isolation, as Zimbabwe’s relations with the West begin to thaw, a new Chatham House report, Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement: The Long Haul to Recovery, assesses the country’s political and economic landscape. Limited domestic policy options have led the government to increasingly look for international investors to generate economic growth. Yet uncertainty surrounding indigenization, land, and the multi-currency system remain a challenge. 


Event

Somali Refugees in Kenya: The Case of the Dadaab Camp

Thursday 8 May 2014 15:00 to 16:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

Ben Rawlence, Freelance Researcher; Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch (2006-13)

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The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya is home to approximately 400,000 people, making it the largest refugee camp in the world. Located 100 kilometres from the long and porous Kenya-Somalia border, its primarily Somali population is viewed as a source of insecurity by some Kenyan authorities. The Kenyan government has ascribed responsibility for al Shabaab attacks in the country to its Somali residents, leading to violent crackdowns in the camp and thousands of detentions in Nairobi.


Event

Commonwealth Diplomacy in Africa: A Case for Trusted Partnerships and Soft Power

Tuesday 20 May 2014 16:00 to 17:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

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Eighteen of the 53 Commonwealth member states are in Africa, and two of the only three former members are on the continent: Gambia and Zimbabwe. The Commonwealth is an important institution of multilateral diplomacy and a trusted facilitator of strong partnerships and soft power engagement in Africa. 


Event

Norway, NATO and the Crisis in Ukraine

Tuesday 29 April 2014 16:00 to 17:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defence, Norway
Chair: Caroline Wyatt, Defence Correspondent, BBC News

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At this event, Norway’s Minister of Defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide, will outline the Norwegian perspective on future developments of NATO, transatlantic relations, and the implications of the crisis in Ukraine. She will also discuss the importance of the security and defence relationship between Norway and the UK and broader defence cooperation in Northern Europe. 

For more information, please contact Hannah Bryce


Event

Colombia: Latin America’s Rising Star

Thursday 1 May 2014 08:15 to 09:30 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

James Lockhart-Smith, Head, Latin America; Principal Analyst, Maplecroft
Martín Diaz Plata, Managing Partner, Capital International Private Equity Fund
Nigel Luson, Non-executive Director, Amerisur Resources Plc
HE Néstor Osorio, Ambassador of Colombia to the UK
Chair: Paola Subacchi, Research Director, International Economics Department, Chatham House

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Colombia is one of Latin America's largest economies with great economic potential, and political and social stability. While the country is increasingly attracting the attention of multinational companies, it needs to develop its infrastructure and human capital in order to sustain economic growth. This event will explore Colombia’s economic potential and challenges ahead of the country’s forthcoming presidential elections, which will be held on 25 May.

For more information on the event, please contact Andrea Braga


Event

International Cooperation in the 21st Century: Partnerships for Delivering the Post-2015 Agenda

Tuesday 27 May 2014 to Wednesday 28 May 2014 BST

Location

Chatham House, London
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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 and the UN system is now in the process of negotiating a new set of goals that will drive action on sustainable development. Agreeing the goals is a challenge in itself, but harder still will be securing the necessary commitments from governments and other actors - commitments largely absent from the MDGs. 


Event

Lesotho’s Domestic Priorities and Global Interests: Small Country Levers for International Influence

Monday 7 April 2014 15:00 to 16:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

HE Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of Lesotho
Chair: Ian Lucas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa and the Middle East


Type: Research and other events

The landlocked southern African nation of Lesotho faces a number of domestic challenges in 2014. Reducing reliance on the agricultural sector, containing the prevalence of HIV and improving service delivery are all important issues that must be addressed to ensure sustainable growth.


Event

Tanzania’s Transformation and Vision 2025: Governing Economic Growth for Social Gain

Monday 31 March 2014 17:00 to 18:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Participants

HE Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Chair: Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Type: Research and other events

Tanzania’s reputation as the sleeping giant of East Africa is shifting, along with its regional and international influence. The government’s ambition to reach middle-income status by 2025 could be supported by recent natural gas finds, but success will depend on ensuring that natural resources are strategically harnessed to ensure inclusive growth. Tanzania’s progress through constitutional reform, the conduct of its 2015 elections, the growth of its institutions and its ability to engage its young population will be determining factors in the country’s future course.

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Event

Investing in Infrastructure: Boosting Growth in Japan and in Europe

Tuesday 8 April 2014 08:00 to 13:00 BST

Location

Chatham House, London

Type: Research and other events

Japan is faced with the challenge of meeting the infrastructure needs of post-earthquake reconstruction and of organizing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This roundtable event will discuss new investment and financing opportunities in Japan, drawing comparisons to the UK. Different ways of attracting foreign capital will be discussed, including simplifying rules, easing regulatory barriers, and adopting initiatives which involve the private sector. The organization of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will also be discussed, with infrastructure spending expected to reach £2.9 billion.


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