The final day of the Academic Forum was the media briefing chaired by South African Professor Ari Sitas. Over the 4 days, intensive debates, discussions and the consensus was reached. The consensus consisted around ideas, process and entities they want to see created.
The recommendations will first be sent to track one institutions and/or negotiators and then to the heads of states summit. Some recommendations don’t reach approval status, but the academic forum is the starting point of idea generation for BRICS. Establishing its agenda and how to proceed to achieve these goals. There were five main areas that the BRICS academic forum discussed, debating and applied their minds to.
First was economic prosperity of the BRICS people or citizens what are the mechanism, processes and institutions necessary for the BRICS nations to develop in a responsible way and achieve their goals. For instance smart manufacturing, defining inclusion and how to look at prosperity and the wellbeing of the people.
The second area was universal health provisions and social protects, they want to be absolutely decisive in addressing the problems confronting the majority of the poor people. Moving to developing vaccines for the most dangerous Virus, bacteria and diseases like Zika, Ebola, HIV/Aids etc. Also comparing methods of social protection and how to look after the majority of their people.
The third area of discussion was how to enhance the education, creative and scientific powers together as a BRICS family, possible through co-operations, universities and research and development system in order to make sure society and their minds are well defined.
The fourth area was around peace and security and following in the principle of having a passive world, a world of reconciliatory and devoid of conflict, they would like to intensify this area the most. Finally the fifth area was around looking after BRICS commons like natural commons, space commons and everything from nature and how to be responsible in developing the relations in respect of that.
Brazil Speaker Ivan Oliveira, acknowledged that there is a lot to be done, but there’s a lot BRICS is doing and hopes to see BRICS next year in Brazil with a continues agenda, so that this BRICS academic engagement can have real value, to create bridges all of the world, continuing to foster BRICS co-operation in the 5 areas.
The Russian speaker Georgy Toloraya, spoke on how BRICS has come a very long way over the years, starting off not knowing each other to now having a stronger relationship. He also stated that some recommendations made, may not see the light of day. But stressed the recommendations that did make it to approval like the BRICS bank and energy structures are all ideas originating from BRICS think tanks and deliberations.
The Indian speaker Ambassador Viswanathan, spoke on the creation of the BRICS think tank which is 5 years old now and was created due to mostly South Africa initiatives. He also spoken on India’s willingness to collaborate with South Africa and the BRICS Members on any initiative.
From China Dong Weihua, thanked South Africa for hosting providing a platform for the BRICS scholars and experts, to gather and contribute wisdom for the next ten years. She spoke about the adoptions of the recommendations as a testimony of the BRICS spirit featuring openness, inclusiveness, and women comprehension. This year we see the magnification of the cooperation, determination and willingness of the five countries to further their comprehension.
Any adopted recommendation to the BRICS leaders’ summit, will make the forums collective voices heard to supported multilateralism and multi trade system. Also any adoption demonstrates our common goals of development and prosperity.