African Development Expectations and Challenges at the G20 Summit in Argentina in 2018




G20, policy, economic development, Africa, fourth industrial revolution, skills development for ICTs, digital development for Africa


The article unpacks key policy and development issues and priorities with regards to Africa’s development at the G20 Summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2018. The core themes are industrial development challenges and opportunities for African economies as they integrate in the global economy, tracing structural issues such as commodity cycles, infrastructure and policy requirements for sustainable economic development in the fourth industrial revolution era. It unpacks the education and skills development requirements for Africa to effectively—and equitably—participate in the global knowledge economy. The study then details African industrialisation pathways and options from various academic perspectives in an increasingly competitive world


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Author Biography

Ashraf Patel, Institute for Global Dialogue IGD , University of South Africa UNISA

My name is Ashraf Patel is a graduate on the Masters in Management (MM)   Public Policy and Regulation Management (ICT) from the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM), University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

In this regard, I am hereby submitting the following relevant documentation:

·         Curricula Vitae (CV);

·         Masters:  University of Witwatersrand, School of Public and Development Management  (P&DM)  MM ICT Policy & Regulation;

·         Certificate: Company Law 1 course, 2012

·         Key Knowledge Area document

o   Public Policy, regulatory and stakeholder management;

  • ·         Programme and project development management & support,


Policy platforms and work currently engaged in SA

I am currently active and participation in the following high - level policy-program platforms that has policy impact at local, regional (SADC, AU) and global level

      i.        G20 T2 working group on world of work n the 21 century skills 

I am part of a multilateral group of think thanks in Africa, co funded by the German DIE, that is dealing with the area of world of world labour matters in preparation for the G 20 Summit in September 2018. We have attended the T 20 working group in Addis Ababa in April 2018 and have made research inputs into thematic documents of the world of world and skills development.

     ii.        BRICS knowledge and innovation cluster, NIHSS

In the past 3 years, I have consistently participated in the knowledge and innovation cluster of the BRICS academic network at NIHSS. This experience has enabled me to effectively contribute to inclusive social and economic policies with regards to world fo work, 4th industrial revolution and inclusive development.



How to Cite

Patel, Ashraf. 2019. “African Development Expectations and Challenges at the G20 Summit in Argentina in 2018 ”. Latin American Report 35 (August):10 pages.



Received 2019-01-24
Accepted 2019-06-09
Published 2019-08-22