South Africa concluded a successful 10th BRICS Summit that was hosted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, from the 25 – 27 July. In attendance was heads of state and government of South Africa, Russia, Russia, India and China (BRICS), Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Angola, Senegal, Namibia, Jamaica, Uganda, Togo, Gabon, Argentina , DRC, Botswana, Turkey, Lesotho, Madagascar , Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The 10th BRICS Summit was held under an extensive agenda, this was shown in the diversity of discussions – development, economic growth, prosperity, peace and security.
“The BRICS countries are firmly in agreement on the need to safeguard and strengthen multilateralism”, according to the statement released by the Presidency.
BRICS leaders committed to the full implementation of the United nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its 17 sustainable development goals. The bloc emphasized the need for BRICS countries to heighten cooperation on peacekeeping.
“BRICS pledged to support African development, industrialisation and infrastructure development as contained in the NEPAD programmes and African Union’s Agenda 2063.”
BRICS endorsed an initiative of enhancing BRICS cooperation in health through the establishment of a BRICS vaccine Centre, which will promote research and development in the medical field. The bloc recognised the potential inherent in the tourism sector and in BRICS countries then endorsed the development of a BRICS Tourism Track within BRICS. The leaders also agreed to woman empowerment –the establishment of a BRICS women’s forum.
Members of the bloc signed the following agreements;
Memorandum of understanding on collaborative research on distributed ledger and block chain technology in the context of the development in the context of the development of digital economy. Memorandum of understanding on BRICS regional aviation partnership and agreement for the establishment of regional offices of the new development bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane