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The IPS Support Group Meeting 2006

Vigorous expansion of trade between developing countries has created "a new geography of global trade," but communications have lagged behind this and other processes that have increased the gravitas of the South.

Many countries in the developing world have become centres of excellence in the fields of health, education, agriculture, the arts and modern technologies, but in spite of this, and advances in communication infrastructure, it remains easier for them to communicate with the North than with other countries of the South.

The IPS Support Group meeting 2006, dedicated to "The new dimension of South-South and South-North communications", was aimed at drawing attention to this apparent conundrum and at discussing possible new forms of South-South cooperation in the field of news and communication. The alliance being formed between India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) was discussed as a prime example of the global transformation process.

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