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  1. Department of International Relations and Cooperation2011/2012 Annual Report Presented to the Portfolio Committee on International Relations By Amb. JM Matjila Director-General

  2. Overview • Situational Analysis • Summary of Highlights • Programme One: Administration • Corporate Services • Human Resources • Diplomatic Training, Research & Development • Programme Two: International Relations & Cooperation • Enhanced African Agenda & Sustainable Development • Deepening Bilateral Relations • Strengthening South-South Relations • Strengthening Relations with Strategic Formations of the North • Participate in the Global System of Governance • Strengthening Political and Economic Relations • Programme Three: Public Diplomacy & State Protocol • Public Diplomacy & State Protocol • Programme Four: International Transfers

  3. DIRCO Missions Abroad Missions per Region Africa Bilateral – 46 Africa Multilateral – 1 Americas & Caribbean – 17 Europe – 27 Asia & Middle East – 32 Multilateral -2 Total: 126

  4. Situational Analysis • Global environment characterised by major shifts in global, political, social, economic and cultural dynamics which include: • New Economic Powers • New Media and Social networks • Environmental Change • Heightened demand for scarce resources • Changing nature of conflict and insecurity • New economic powers influencing the balance of the global distribution of power resulting in the formation of new political and economic groupings • Challenging the established political and economic order and placing pressure on international organisations to reflect new realities • SA and African economies increasingly linked to these new economic powers • Proliferation of regional and preferential trading blocs leading to increased intra regional trade but to the exclusion of others

  5. Situational Analysis (cont) • Globalisation continues to shape the world notwithstanding the global economic crisis • The convergence of information platforms, globalised media and social networking has a major impact on governance, economic activity and mobilisation across social, cultural and religious and national boundaries e.g. (MENA Region) • Natural and man-made disasters are impacting on all aspects of human development particularly food security • Conflict between environment and development clearly visible in climate change negotiations • Increasing resource driven competition • Asian region growing despite world recession and remains the world’s main growth point – China is the world no.2 biggest economy, Japan no.3, and Korea no.13; • Spread of FTAs in Asia exacerbate competition for small African economies like SA

  6. Situational Analysis (cont) • Debt crisis gave rise to deep divisions between Northern and Southern Europe which endangers the future of the EMU • Rising nationalistic tendencies in Europe • In Asia increased tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea • US shifting some of its military assets to Asia to counter-balance China

  7. Strong Performance of Emerging Market & Developing Economies Source: WEO- Coping with sluggish growth, Oct 2012

  8. Share of south-south merchandise 1995-2010 Source: UNCTAD

  9. Total Trade in goods and services Source: UNCTAD

  10. Source: Quantec: with own calculations

  11. Top five manufactured exports in 2011 Source: the dti

  12. SA Top Exports Source: IDC

  13. Source: 2011 Annual Tourism Report

  14. SA Trade Exposure (2007-11)Source: the dti

  15. SA’s Top Exports Markets in the EU, 2011Source: the dti

  16. Trade with Americas 2011 Figures obtained from the South African Revenue Service - Figures in R(Million)

  17. Trade with the Americas • Source: the dti 2012 • Figures in ZAR (Billion)

  18. Summary of highlights • 2011-2012 was an extraordinary year in South Africa’s conduct of international relations with several major diplomatic successes: • Mediation and facilitation in Zimbabwe and Madagascar • Leadership role in PCRD process in Sudan • Non-permanent member of the UNSC focusing on strengthening relations between UN and regional organisations particularly the AU and increasing the presence of the AU Mission in Somalia • Initiating the SADC-EAC FTA • President Zuma’s championing of the New Partnership for Africa North-South Corridor • Successful preparations for the hosting of the Global African Diaspora Conference (hosted in May 2012)

  19. Summary of highlights (cont) • SA successful participation in two BRICS Summits focusing the attention on the development of Africa particularly infrastructure, as well as to conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of a “BRICS Development Bank” • Successful hosting of the COP 17/ CMP7 in Dec. 2011 • securing the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol • unanimous adoption of the Durban Platform for enhanced action • resetting the global and environmental agenda • Extensive lobbying for Minister Dlamini Zuma as Chair of the African UnionCommission • SA experts elected to the International Law Commission, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and the Council of the International Maritime Organisation • Mainstreaming of Gender issues in international fora, e.g. 56 Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

  20. Summary of highlights (cont) • 32 Structured Bilaterals held advancing SA’s domestic priorities • Humanitarian assistance provided to Somalia, Nicaragua, Thailand, Turkey & Congo • Electoral assistance to DRC & Guinea Conakry • Improvement of veterinary laboratory services in West Africa supported through the IAEA • SADPA feasibility study as well as bill completed • Public Diplomacy activities expanded to convey SA foreign policy positions through social media, weekly media briefings, media statements and seminars as well as Ministerial Outreach Programmes

  21. Summary of highlights (cont) • Introduced steps to strengthen Asset Management, ICT & HR systems • Fully integrated the new framework for Annual Performance Plans issued by National Treasury and the Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) in Departmental planning processes • Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit as well as Youth Directorate established in the Office of the DG • Diplomatic training provided to 286 officials, protocol training to 1952 officials from all spheres of Government and 116 African diplomats mainly from the SADC region, trained • ECONOMIC TOOLKIT developed for Economic Diplomacy and 96 officials trained at Head Office and 27 trained abroad • Employee Wellness Centre provided counselling and emotional support to 321 employees and families following natural disasters and conflict in countries of accreditation • Establishment of an Implementation Committee comprising senior managers on both Internal and AG Audit Findings

  22. Programme One: Administration

  23. Management of Property Portfolio • Took final delivery of the Abuja Chancery and Official Residence upon completion of the defects liability period • Completed the design of a new Chancery in Dar es Salaam and a Chancery and staff housing in Lilongwe and prequalified contractors to undertake these projects • Completed the renovation of the Official Residence in London • Completed the refurbishment of elevators in South Africa House, London • Relocated staff in Washington to temporary office space and commenced with extensive renovations of the Chancery • Purchased an Official Residence in Geneva, Switzerland • Completed property acquisition strategy

  24. Consular Services • The Department continued to render consular assistance to South African nationals travelling, working, studying and living abroad that required consular assistance. • Interventions included assistance to South African nationals and their families affected by incidents of piracy and kidnappings in Somalia and Mali. The services also included: • 66 nationals in distress • 168 new prisoners • 96 deaths • 19 cases of adoptions and abduction • 513 service of process • 57 extradition • 24706 public documents authenticated • Some of thetechnical problems affecting ROSA were addressed • The Consular Incident Command Centre was fully staffed and training was provided to twenty (20) consular officials on handling emergencies.

  25. ICT • ICT Policies drafted and communicated through departmental structures. • Achieved 98% network availability globally • Completed “Office Establishment” Module for Diplomatic, Immunities and Privileges Project (DIAP) • Achieved improved Internet access response time through the installation and activation of a Web-gateway to enable web filtering. • Progressed with 15 sites (new Missions) • Recently advertised post for CIO • Audit Committee assisting the Department to improve control measures • Developed Action Plan for the implementation of Internal Audit and AG Reports

  26. Financial Management • Unqualified Audit Opinion • Approved Departmental Budget • Co-ordination of Budget Mid-Term Reviews • Smooth financial year-end closure • Training for accountants at missions on finance related issues and DTRD training • Implemented the Electronic Cashbook System • Opened separate DHA bank accounts at the missions

  27. Supply Chain Management • To improve the accuracy of Asset Register, quarterly asset verification was conducted. • The Asset Management system was upgraded and the Web Browser installed to improve the process of updating the Fixed Asset Register at Missions. • Submission of 30 day compliance certificate to NT on monthly basis. • Implementation of Commitment Register by Business Units to monitor all commitments made.

  28. Human Resources • 2786 POSTS ON THE APPROVED ESTABLISHMENT • 2392 POSTS FILLED • 14.1% VACANCY RATE • POSTS FILLED: 323 • External candidates : 110 • Internal candidates: 121 • Appointments on contract : 92 • 116 UNFUNDED VACANT POSTS WERE VERIFIED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ABOLISHED IN LINE WITH THE DPSA DIRECTIVE.

  29. EMPLOYMENT EQUITY STATUS: 31 MARCH 2012 • Total number of SMS members = 266 • Female SMS members = 36 % • People employed with disabilities = 1.5 %

  30. OCCUPATIONAL FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT (OFA) • In the process of finalising the OFA in DIRCO, in conjunction with DPSA • OFA will enable the Department to review its Organisational Structure and align it with its Functional Mandate

  31. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT • 2011/12 performance appraisals finalised: • 98.5 % SMS members • 98% Level 2-12 officials • 2012/13 performance agreements submitted: • 96% SMS members • 98.5% Level 2-12 officials

  32. Diplomatic Training, Research and Development • 286 officials trained in preparation for Foreign Service (HOMs, counsellors, cadet training, Mission Administration) • 1952 officials trained in Protocol and Etiquette– for all government departments (national, provincial, local, state agencies and civil society) • 171 officials trained on identified topics in partnership with : UNITAR, Clingendael & Diplo Foundation

  33. Diplomatic Training, Research and Development • Language Training to 839 officials • Economic Diplomacy workshops presented to 96 officials at Head Office and 27 officials abroad • Trained 116 foreign diplomats from Africa (mainly SADC & South Sudan) at DIRCO’s International School • Masters in Diplomacy Programme (Mdip), with the University of Pretoria • Executive Development Programme (EDP) with a Masters in Public Administration (for all senior managers to improve their management skills), with PALAMA (Public Administration Leadership And Management Academy) and the Vaal University of Technology

  34. Diplomatic Training, Research and Development • Quality Assurance, Knowledge and Innovation Management: • Produced publications reflecting institutional knowledge and experience (“Ambassadors Diary” magazine and memoires of retiring Ambassadors) • Accreditation and Certification of Residential Course properly maintained to secure the credibility of our national diplomas and a Quality Management Systems that complies with the SABS ISO 9001 – 2008 the SAQA standards • Policy, Research and Analysis Unit (PRAU) • Supported research through academic engagements • 22 discussion fora, seminars and round table meetings on critical issues relating to South Africa’s foreign policy • PRAU Current Affairs Forum with the Prime Minister of Turkey • 9 Ministerial Stakeholder Consultations on COP17/CMP7

  35. Diplomatic Training, Research and Development • Established partnerships with research institutions and other stakeholders, including the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), DAJO Associates, Clingendael, the Centre for Policy Analysis and Development from Indonesia and the Shanghai Institute of International studies • Commissioned a literature review on MENA developments from IGD • PRAU continued to build its own research capacity and that of the Department through training, lectures to stakeholder groups and introducing new and innovative tools such as futures research and early warning systems analysis • Produced publications, including “South African Lessons learned in the Burundi Peace Process”, “Africa Futures 2050”, “Fifteen year review of DIRCO” and “2010 DIRCO Annual Conference Report”

  36. Programme Two: International Relations and Cooperation

  37. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development • Successful lobbying for the election of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as Chair of the African Union Commission • SA elected as member of the AUPSC and Chaired the AUPSC for the month of May in 2011 South Africa placed on the agenda, amongst others: • Security Sector Reform • Protection of Civilians • AU/UN Cooperation on peace support operations. The latter item has since culminated in the adoption of UN Resolution 2033(2012) therefore formalising the cooperation between the AUPSC and the UNSC • SA chaired the African Union Ministerial Committee on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) in Sudan and championed an assessment mission to Northern and Southern Sudan

  38. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development (cont) • Supported President’s participation at 25th (Equatorial Guinea) & 26th (Ethiopia) HSGOC meetings, as well as APR at 42nd & 43rd Steering Committee meetings. Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) launched at the 25th HSGOC, and President reported to the 26th HSGOC on progress and way forward under the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI). Ministerial held before 25th HSGOC • Participated at meetings of the TICAD Ministerial Follow-up, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, G8/Africa Outreach, the 16th & 17th Africa Partnership Forum meetings, and the NEPAD Colloquium (10th Anniversary Celebrations) • Attended PICI Technical Experts meeting and PIDA stakeholders meeting. Assisted in work on NSC MOU. Engaged NPCA re PIDA & PICI. Prepared for setting up of National Presidential Infrastructure SC and WG • Ensured centrality of NEPAD on various bilateral and multilateral agendas and forums and in various presentations. Hosted NEPAD retreat on Draft Rules of Procedure for NEPAD Governance structures. Did national NEPAD audit

  39. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development (cont) • Supported President’s participation at 15th(Equatorial Guinea) & 16th (Ethiopia) APR Forums. • Supported National Focal Point in finalisation of APRM Draft Operating Procedures and participated in the meetings of APRM Select Focal Points & APR Panel Members in this regard. Adopted at 16th APR Forum. • Participated in a meeting of the National Governing Council of the APRM, to prepare for SA’s 3rd report on the implementation of its APRM National Programme of Action in 2013. • Supported successful canvassing process for Ms Baleka Mbete to be elected to the APR Panel and supported candidate once elected. • Organised 8 meetings of the ARF Advisory Committee.

  40. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development (cont) • 14 projects recommended for approval by 2 Ministers responsible. Facilitated concurrence letters for 6 of 14, as well as ARF funding disbursement, including for projects carried over from previous year. Countries involved include Niger, Congo, DRC, Somalia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry and several under DST AVN project. • Monitoring and evaluation visits done to DRC and Guinea Conakry. • Four project reports solicited and received (Uganda, DRC, Lesotho, and African Ombudsman Research Centre). • Finalised the ARF Accounting Officer and PerformanceInformation reports(separate from departmental reports) and collaborated with the Auditor-General’s office for the audit of the ARF. Received an unqualified audit.

  41. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development (cont) SADC Organ • Facilitated and led the mediation processes on Madagascar culminating in the signing of the SADC Roadmap (October 2011 to February 2012) • Led the crafting of the SADC Maritime Strategy, leading to its adoption by the SADC Summit in August 2011 • Implemented the SADC Lobbying Strategy for the candidature of Dr Dlamini Zuma for the position of AUC Chairperson (February 2012), leading to her election into the position at the AU Summit of July 2012 • Led SADC Electoral Observer Missions (SEOMs) in Seychelles, Zambia, DRC, Lesotho

  42. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development (cont) Sectoral Issues • Facilitated and participated in the 31st Ordinary SADC Summit (August 2011), Extraordinary Council (November 2011) and SADC Council of Ministers meetings (February 2012) • Conclusion of SA’s Desk Assessment of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) • Co-ordinated the full implementation of the SADC pledged humanitarian assistance to Mogadishu, Somalia Regional Infrastructure • Approval of theSADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP) which will be the basis for future cooperation on regional infrastructure development

  43. Enhanced African Agenda and Sustainable Development (cont) • Regional Economic Integration • Hosted and facilitated proceedings at the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Summit, which was held in Sandton, South Africa, on 12 June 2011. The Summit launched negotiations for the establishment of an integrated market of 26 Countries with a combined population of nearly 600 million people and a total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) approximately US$1.0 trillion. • Participated at the High Level Expert Group (HLEG); and Senior Officials Meetings on SADC Customs Union, which took place in Gaborone, Botswana, in October 2011. The HLEG report was presented to the Ministerial Task Force (MTF) on regional economic integration on the margins of the Extraordinary Council of Ministers Meeting, which took place in Luanda, Angola (November 2011).

  44. Strengthen South-South Relations • South African President JG Zuma attended the Third BRICS Leaders Meeting (Summit) which was held in Sanya, Hainan Island, People’s Republic of China (PRC), on 14 April 2011. South Africa’s participation centered around three broad objectives: • Consolidation of South Africa’s BRICS membership and proactive participation in the Third BRICS Summit; • the leveraging of opportunities for South Africa’s development agenda; and • co-operation with other Emerging Market Economies

  45. Strengthen South-South Relations (cont) • The Third BRICS Summit was preceded by a BRICS Business Forum on 13 April 2011, attended by Minister Davies and fifty South African companies, and followed by the Boao Forum, known as the “Davos of Asia”, on 15 April 2011 and which was addressed by President Zuma.  At the conclusion of the Third BRICS Summit, the Sanya Declaration was issued • The Fourth BRICS Summit held in New Delhi in March 2012 emphasised that the domestic priorities of South Africa  to further stimulate growth and skills development are shared priorities among BRICS countries.The BRICS Leaders also agreed on shared principles to uphold multilateralism, the primary position of the UN and International Law as well as addressed unilateral actions such as the sanctions campaign against Iran. • South African exports to China grew the most - at 46% - while exports to India grew by 20%, to Brazil by 14%, and to Russia by 7%

  46. Strengthen South-South Relations (cont) • President Zuma successfully hosted the 5th IBSA Summit on 18 October 2011, in Tshwane, South Africa • Key outcomes of the Summit were: • Tshwane Declaration • the MoU on Mutual Cooperation among the Rio Branco Institute of the Ministry of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Diplomatic Academy of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa • Deputy Minister Ebrahim attended the 11th IOR-ARC Council of Ministers’ meeting in India during Nov. 2011

  47. Participate in the Global System of Governance • Arranged and supported participation of political principals in the High-Level Segment of the Sessions of the UNGA • Non-permanent membership of UNSC in 2011 and 2012 • raised SA’s profile as potential permanent member • focussed on promoting the African Agenda • promote importance of developing effective partnerships between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations in maintaining international peace and security • Presidency of UNSC in January 2012 and adoption of Resolution 2033

  48. Participate in the Global System of Governance (cont) • SA elected as Chair of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) for three years • Participation of President Zuma in the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, during which he conveyed SA’s position on nuclear security to other world leaders • Chair of the Executive Council and contributed to successful implementation of the Convention on Chemical Weapons