We’re down to the 5-day countdown till South Africa hosts the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg from 25-27th July 2018.
Every year the chairship rotates to a different member. South Africa last hosted in 2013, when the Summit took place in Durban.
According to South Africa’s BRICS Sherpa Professor Anil Sooklal, hosting the Summit is an important opportunity for the country to leverage support from India, Brazil, Russia, China and other partners for the African agenda and our development priorities.
“Over the past 10 years, BRICS has proven to be an important global bloc, and while South Africa may have the smallest economy of the five nations, we are equal partners in decision-making and agreements.” Sooklal added.
During the Summit, South Africa will be able to set the agenda, beyond the focus on multilateralism and United Nations (UN) reform.
Programme officer for the African Governance and Democracy Programme Luanda Mpungose said the purpose of the Summit is for the chair country to develop an agenda which gets buy-in from the other member countries.
Mpungose says he looks forward to what will come out of those deliberations.
“South Africa has identified four themes for this year’s summit. This is a gender forum. They want to institute a gender forum. They want to have a health and vaccination centre located in SA in which the BRICS countries cooperate. They want to discuss the 4th Industrial Revolution and what that means,” said Mpungose.
The 9th BRICS Summit took place in Xiamen, China under the theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future” which resonates with the aim of BRICS to plan for future development and embed international influence within each emerging economy.
The 2017 agenda included the issuing of the Xiamen Declaration and Action Plan, and proposals to extend cooperation and build on the existing BRICS agenda.
On the other hand, South African and Russian oil companies entered a $400 million deal within the Summit spirit.
Source: Daily Vox