MISTRA Post Launch Publication March 2012 is a commemorative publication of the Institute’s public launch containing the key papers presented at the Institute's Public Launch in March 2011. It includes papers by Prof Dominic Salvatore on “The importance of strategic thinking to the development of nations and also why the profession was unable to foresee and avert the global economic crisis” and by Prof Dani Nabudere on “Trajectory of the global political economy in the next 20 years: What opportunities and challenges for Africa?”
The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) was conceived in late 2009, work on its establishment commenced in late January 2010, and it began functioning in March 2010. It was formally launched, however, in March 2011 at an event held at The Castle in Kyalami, Johannesburg. The launch event took the form of a gala dinner followed by a two-day conference.
South Africa’s Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, gave the keynote address at the dinner. The dinner was also addressed by Professor Dominic Salvatore, Director of the PhD Programme in Economics at Fordham University, as well as by the Chairperson of the MISTRA Board, Professor Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, Chairperson of the MISTRA Council of Advisors, Jenny Cargill and MISTRA Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe.
The key focus of the two-day conference that followed was on presenting and unpacking the first eight priority research projects that MISTRA planned to undertake. The keynote address at the conference was given by the late Professor Dani Nabudere of the Marcus Garvey Pan-Afrika Institute.
MISTRA takes pleasure in issuing this commemorative publication of the Institute’s public launch which contains the key inputs made at the launch events.
Message from Jenny Cargill, Chairperson MISTRA Council of Advisors
Message from Prof Vil-Nkomo, Chairperson of MISTRA Board of Governors
Welcoming address by Executive Director: Joel Netshitenzhe at Launch Dinner
Keynote address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at Launch Dinner
Keynote Address at Launch Dinner by Prof Dominic Salvatore: “The importance of strategic thinking to the development of nations and also why the profession was unable to foresee and avert the global economic crisis.”
Welcome by Prof Vil-Nkomo, Chairperson of MISTRA Board of Governors, at Launch Conference
“Trajectory of the global political economy in the next 20 years: What opportunities and challenges for Africa?” Keynote by Prof Dani Nabudere, Director: Marcus Garvey Pan Afrikan Institute
Synopsis of eight launch research projects
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