Brazil will be taking the rotating presidency of the BRICS group, the club created in 2006 that also includes Russia, India, China, and South Africa. This was confirmed in November 2018 after the Group of Twenty Summit in Argentina that the 11th BRICS Summit will be indeed hosted by Brazil. The country will, therefore, assume chairmanship of BRICS bloc taking over from South Africa and taking on all the responsibility that it comes with.
BRICS leaders had an informal meeting in and said in a statement, “we look forward to the 11th BRICS Summit to be hosted by Brazil in 2019 and extend our full support to Brazil as the incoming BRICS Chair”.
The BRICS chairmanship does not only include the hosting of the 2019 BRICS Summit, but also the hosting of numerous smaller ministerial, business and civil society meetings.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa met Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Ramaphosa during the meeting held Switzerland said that he has no doubt that he will find transformations underway in Brazil when he goes to the country for the BRICS.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane