BRICS 2020: The Gateway to Siberia



Russian President Vladimir Putting has decreed that Chelyabinsk municipal administration will play host of the 12th BRICS Summit and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2020, according to official Kremlin reports.

Chelyabinsk is a major Industrial provincial cities in Russia. Boris Dubrosky, Governor of Chelyabinsk visited Johannesburg on the 25-27 July as part of the official delegation of the Russian Federation, led by President Vladimir Putin attending the 10th BRICS Summit.

“The presidential decree on holding SCO and BRICS summits in Chelyabinsk in 2020 provides a tremendous opportunity for the development of the city. Currently, work is being actively carried out at key facilities related to the summit, projects are being implemented to develop engineering infrastructure and improve public spaces,” said Dubrosky addressing the Russian media.

“The total amount of work is really impressive. The preparations for the summit require the utmost efforts of governments and businesses, especially construction project organisations, construction companies. For all of us – it is a test of professional competence. That is why the study of the experience of other cities is of particular importance,” he noted.

The total cost for the SCO and BRICS summit is approximately 50 billion rubles and half of these funds are private investments, according to Kremlin reports.


Source: Modern Diplomacy 

10 influential women of BRICS in Politics

For years women in emerging economies had being relegated to the background. This is especially true in key areas of politics and development. Women have been limited to certain jobs, unlike their male counterparts. Female politicians are subjected to many challenges such as discrimination and social stigmas. Over the past years, there have been women who have changd the narrative against all odds.

BRICS has called for an increased participation of Women in the economy and in the society and has made mention of the launch of a BRICS Gender Forum in the near future.

Read up more on these phenomenal women in BRICS:

Lindiwe Sisulu
Apartheid activist, who has been serving in different South African Government Ministries since 1994. Sisulu is currently serving as a Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma
Anti- Apartheid activist and politician, Dr Dlamini Zuma, has been serving in the South African government since 1994 and currently serving as Minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission For Policy and Evaluation.

Sonia Ghandi
Former President of the Indian National Congress, Ghandi took over as party leader since 1998, seven years after her husband’s assassination. She remained in office for nineteen (19) years, being the longest serving president in 125 years old history the congress.

Sushma Swaraj
Indian politician and former Supreme Court lawyer. A senior leader and former president of Bharatiya Janata party, Swaraj has served in different Indian government Ministries. She was voted the Most Loved by US Daily.

Marina Silvanah
Currently Brazil’s Presidential candidate in the 2018 Brazil election representing the Sustainability Party, Silvanah is known for her views of environmental conservation and her conservative social views.

Vanessa Graizziotin
Brazilian politician from the Communist Party of Brazil, her political career began in 1980. She is the first female communist Senator. Graizziotin is known for her proposals in the Chamber of Deputies of a Green Seal for goods manufactured on the Manaus Free Trade Zone, prohibition of the distribution of plastic bags, and the creation of the Day of African and Amerindian Culture.

Ella Pamfilova
Russian politician, former deputy of the State Duma, presidential candidate in 2000 and former chairman (2004 – 2010) of the Civil Society Institution and Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation. In 2016 she became the chair of the Central Election Commission of Russia, she has also pledged to fix election rigging in Russia.

Valentina Matviyenko
Russian politician serving as the Senator from Saint Petersburg and Chairwoman of the Federation Council since 2011, as chair she has attained the highest rank of any female politician in Russia and became the most powerful woman in Russia since Catherine the Great. She was also Governor of Saint Petersburg from 2003 to 2011.

Sun Chunlan
Chinese politician, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, and a Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China. Between 2014 and 2017, she served as head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Li Bin
Chinese politician of Manchu descent from Fushun, in Liaoning province. She is the Chair of the National Health and Family Planning Commission from 2013 to 2018. She currently serves as one of the chairwomen of The 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference since March, 2018. In 2013, she was elected as the first chairperson of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

By: Mokgethi Mtekuza & Kgothatso Nkanyane

BRICS has a unique play in the global economy – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed delegates attending the 10th BRICS Summit today in Johannesburg.  Putin said that BRICS has unique play in the world economy.

The three-day summit of world’s leading emerging economies broadcasted both locally and internationally. The event is being look at with scrutiny as tensions are rising over threats US-led trade war.

BRICS is currently solving some of the challenges facing the world said Putin. “It is very important to guarantee the safety of business and citizens.” He said.

In 2007, trade with BRICS bloc grew by 30%.“Recently activities of the BRICS Bank have increased and support creation of regional banks.” Putin added.

The formerly known BRICS Development Bank was founded in 2014, which is now referred to as the New Development Bank (NDB). The Banks is set up in order to provide resources for infrastructure projects and sustainable development initiatives in the BRICS as well as other emerging and developing economies.

Russia recently launched the Digital Economy of Russia programme, with the cyber safety and security of citizens a top priority.

Brazilian President Michel Temer mentioned that it is essential to remain up to date in an ever changing world.

Temer said Brazil is working on secondary education reform which will enable young people to engage with the changing world out there.


By Ntsiki Ntsibande


[WATCH]:10 reasons why you should invest in South Africa

Trade and investment opportunities were a top item on the agenda during the first two days of the 10th BRICS Summit, hosted by South Africa. The Summit opened with a Business Forum aimed at enhancing trade between members of the BRICS bloc.

Video courtesy of: Government ZA

Sandton Traffic diversions for the BRICS summit

Traffic will be affected around Sandton Conventions centre, during the 10th BRICS Summit from Wednesday, 25 July till 27 July.  The event to be attended by several heads of state is expected to cause delays, in and around the region.

Motorists are advised by the City of Joburg to avoid the area, as some roads will be closed. High volumes of traffic during the days of the summit are to be expected.

 Some streets around the area will be temporarily closed during the summit and include Maude and 5th streets, Maude and West streets, Alice Lane and West Street, Maude Street and main entrance to the Sandton Convention Centre.

Motorists are advised to use the eastern side of Alice Lane and Rivonia for the duration of the summit.

Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers will be on duty to divert traffic.


Source: IOL

China rallies BRICS support as US steps out trade-war

China has rallied the backing of BRICS in fighting protectionism as US President Donald Trump has threatened tariff impositions on virtually all Chinese imports.

China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa have agreed to “fight against trade protectionism together”, after the G20 Summit of finance ministers and central bankers in Buenos Aires, the Chinese Finance Ministry confirmed in a statement.

Finance Minister Liu Kun told the meeting that BRICS should: ”firmly support economic globalisation and multilateralism and unequivocally oppose unilateralism and protectionism in any form,’’ as the global economy faces increasing uncertainties and instability.

Liu also urged his counterparts to push for advanced nations to adopt “responsible” economic policies, and closely monitor the pressure on capital flows in emerging markets brought forward by policy changes in developed nations.

The statements were released subsequent to Donald Trump saying is he is prepared to impose $500bn in tariffs on imports from China. Trump alleged that the China and European Union are weakening their currencies to obtain trade benefits.

Source: Fin24

The BRICS Film Festival showing at Durban Playhouse

Side-lining the 10th BRICS summit, the BRICS Film Festival will be hosted by the City of Durban and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) at Durban Playhouse. The film festival aims to strengthen and highlight social diversity and cultural development in BRICS countries. The film festival is free and open to the public.

The opening night, 22 July 2018 will be start off with a film titled Mandela, (5 minutes videos from each member of the BRICS bloc), celebrating and commemorating the life of SA icon Nelson Mandela. The film will then be followed by performances of dance and music.

Members of BRICS submitted five films each and only two films will be selected, by an independent panel from each member. The National Film Foundation (NFVF) is arranging the prestigious event.

Each country in the bloc will have a day to show five of their best recent films, in all genres. South Africa will be showcasing their five best films on Monday 23 July; Tuesday 24 July Russia; Wednesday 25 July India; Thursday; 25 July China and on Friday 27 July Brazil will be showcasing.

Two of the five films played will be completion entries. The best films, chosen by the independent panellists will be awarded on the final day – 27 July 2018.

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Five days till South Africa host the 10th BRICS Summit.

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

BRICS Africa Infrastructure Programme launches

The BRICS establishment continues to break new grounds ahead of the upcoming 10th BRICS Summit.

Wednesday 10 July marked the official launch of the BRICS Africa Infrastructure programme, initiated by the BRICS Business Council Infrastructure Working Group. This is a brand new project portal  that will create and encourage connectivity amongst BRICS member states.

The Infrastructure Working Group in partnership with with Transnet are tasked with the mission of promoting manufacturing, job creation and facilitate interaction among businesses.

Said Transnet Freight Rail Chief Executive, Mr. Ravi Nair: “The Working Group is creating the connectivity of BRICS  projects as a vehicle for project owners to meet with potential funders/sponsors. It will also be available to the global community that is interesting in understanding the status of infrastructure projects and their funding. The projects’ visibility will assist in unlocking more opportunities, funding and to initiate practical cooperation projects in the infrastructure space. The portal will also allow African investors interested in opportunities in other BRICS Member states to have access to project information.”

The portal will be hosted on South Africa’s BRICS business Council website. The BRICS Business Council was established in 2013 with the aim of promoting business engagement between the BRICS countries.

Additional reporting: SABC News

NYDA ready to host the 2018 BRICS Youth Summit

South Africa will be hosting the 4th BRICS Youth Summit on 15 – 18 July 2018, South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) confirmed on Monday. The Youth Summit will be held ahead of the 10th BRICS Summit in order to ensure the inclusion of young people in the mainstream economies.

Chairperson of the NYDA, Sifiso Mtsweni, highlighted: “The BRICS Youth Summit presents us with an opportunity to further accelerate youth development in line with the National Development Plan Vision 2030, which articulates that ICT will underpin the development of a dynamic and connected information society and a vibrant knowledge economy that is more inclusive and prosperous.”

Addressing the Media, Mtsweni said that the South African government is going to establish a 4th Industrial Revolution Commission that will make recommendations on the Industrial Revolution goals and priorities for South Africa, especially the youth. “Furthermore, as the government continues to roll out the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting transmission, the NYDA is also seized with coordinating a national strategy for young people to ensure they benefit from such an opportunity”, Mtsweni further stated.


The BRICS Youth Summit is to be convened under the theme “Radical Economic Transformation – Making the New Development Bank Work for the Youth”. The chairperson encouraged young people to come out in numbers to exchange ideas with other delegates from other nations.

The BRICS Youth Summit will take place in Bela Bela Limpopo from 15 to 18 July 2018.

(Source: African News Agency)