23 May 2017
South African MILE alumni form network
The inaugural meeting of the South African MILE Alumni Network took place in the residence of the Swiss Ambassador to South Africa, Her Excellency Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda, in Pretoria on 11 May.
Thirteen former MILE students attended the dinner hosted by the ambassador, while others could not attend due to work commitments.
Ambassador Budliger Artieda remarked that the MILE network provides a sound basis for people-to-people interactions between Switzerland and South Africa. She wished the alumni well in enhancing their network in South Africa.
Also attending as a keynote speaker was Wamkele Mene, a South African trade diplomat formerly based in Geneva at the permanent mission to the WTO. Mr Mene’s talk focused on South African trade policy, not only towards Switzerland but towards the entire African continent and world. He alluded to the potential disruption to global economic governance caused by the Trump phenomenon and Brexit.
The event was organised by MILE alumnus Azwimpheleli Langalanga, who works as Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of Switzerland to South Africa,Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia and Swaziland.