Johannesburg 2017

Twelve months after the Democratic Alliance (DA) won some of South Africa’s most important cities in nationwide local elections, Liberal International is proud to announce that the global federation of liberal and democratic political parties will convene its 199th Executive Committee meeting in DA-governed Johannesburg – the largest city in South Africa and one of the wealthiest cities on the continent. The ExCom will be held in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) between 27-29th October 2017.

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Event theme

Drawing inspiration from best practice around the world, and in particular from the staggering success of the Democratic Alliance, the 199th Executive Committee of Liberal International will help equip delegates with the theoretical and practical knowledge to govern better, under the theme: Better Governance: Liberal answers to twenty-first century challenges.

In 2002 the 51st Congress of Liberal International in Hungary endorsed the resolution that spelled out guidelines for the liberal agenda on good governance.

Fifteen years on and political priorities have shifted. Liberals are faced with a changing international order and new challenges: contracting economies, new forms of extremism and non-state actors,  sustainable development, and climate change. These topics will form part of the Johannesburg Declaration – the key document that will be debated by the membership during the event to guide liberals around the world – and flesh out the ambitions set out in the Liberal Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century adopted in Andorra earlier this year.


Registration is open from 1 September until 30 September. Please note: the password needed to access the registration page has been communicated to the international officer of your party or organisation. Each party can be represented by up to 2 delegates – please consult with your international officer on how many delegates your party is allowed – the remaining members of your delegation must be registered at the guest rate.


You can find the first draft of the programme via this link.

 Field visits

Delegates will get out on the ground on the morning of Saturday 29th October where a discussion on good governance will be held with DA officials in three different locations:


Please indicate which visit you would like to attend during the registration process – further details of these activities will be released in the coming weeks.

Venue and Accommodation

The selected venue for the event is the Radisson Blu Gautrain hotel. For more information on how to book your accommodation, please contact with your international officer.

Transportation to and from the airport

For general information on how to reach the hotel from the airport, please read this document.

Visa information

Use this link to find all relevant information concerning visa requirements for South Africa. Please contact the LI Secretariat if you require a visa support letter.

Political deadlines


Social media

Participants are encouraged to take photos and videos in the ExCom and share their comments and thoughts on social media before, during and after the event. The official hashtag is #LIEC and LI’s Twitter account is @Liberalinternat


Additional programme activities

i. Sharing the secrets of their success (the DA has made gains at every national election since 1994), the Democratic Alliance is organising a two-day best-practice sharing event for delegates and guests immediately after the 199th ExCom. On Sunday 29 October party officials will offer a full day of activities in Johannesburg related to party politics. The second part of the event will be hosted on Tuesday 31 October in Cape Town. Follow this link to read a first version of the programme for the two-day event. Please confirm your intention to participate during registration – you can always edit your registration form through Eventbrite at a later stage.

ii. On Monday 30 October, the Liberal International Human Rights Committee is organising an event at the South African Human Rights Commission (Pretoria). The meeting will take place in the morning, followed by a field visit in the afternoon. The event is open to delegates and guests with more details to be provided in the coming weeks. However, please confirm your attendance during the registration process.


* Registration deadline – 30 September *