BRICS 4th Industrial revolution cooperation

China’s President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazil’s President Michel Temer and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture at the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors are the fast growing sectors in the world.The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is a silent revolution currently taking place around the world.

Members of the BRICS bloc for this reason have decided to cooperate in the science, technology and innovation sector.

BRICS is preparing for the 4IR, they believe they can get ahead of the curve is by upskilling, creating an environment for new opportunities, developing correct policies to deal with challenges as well as cooperating with each other.

BRICS countries have already signed a partnership agreement with regards to the 4IR as reported by The fear is that the ever increasing growth and scale of technology could result in certain countries in position where they cannot compete with more developed countries or with countries that have taken the necessary steps to keep with trends.

The BRICS countries believe together they can take on the challenges they face in the 4IR. Leaders of the bloc have said that  having policies which will guild their cooperation is necessary in achieving success and tackling challenges. Connecting the mass in education, culture, tourism, sports, politics, economics and media are some of the key area the BRICS are looking at.

They are also looking people to people skill exchanges and joint venture as a way to drive citizens to learn from each other creates opportunities and to build sustainability.


By Mokgethi Mtezuka


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