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BRICS Chairpersonship handed to Brazil

South Africa is ready to hand over their position as chair of the annual BRICS summit – Brazil will be taking over as chair for 2019.

The government is hosting a political dialogue, with over 200 delegates in attendance from governing parties in BRICS member countries. The Brics dialogue will explores common approaches to address economic and political challenges, as well as potential threats that confront Brics member states.

Lindiwe Zulu, Chairperson of ANC (African National Congress) international relations subcommittee told the media that the ANC is ready to handover. Zulu was speaking during the BRICS political dialogue held at the Sheraton hotel in Pretoria.

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South Africa hosted and chaired a successful summit under theme; “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

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BY: Kgothatso Nkanyane

 

Twenty years of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa a major contributor to local economic and social transformation

South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association (SACETA) hosted Chinese and South African delegates for the official release of the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese-Funded Enterprises in South Africa.

At the launch event, Chairman of the Association and General Manager of China Construction Bank Corporation, Zhang Jinguo shared that the report depicts the on-going cohesion between China and South Africa, which entails job creation, social responsibility, local manufacturing, and the preservation of wildlife and natural reserve protection.

Publishing a report of this nature for the first time in South Africa is a massive achievement for the 130 Chinese-funded enterprises that contributes to economic development and livelihood in South African communities. The report highlights how much has been done and also sparks creativity for further bilateral trade and corporate social responsibility. “The report is a window. When you open the book, you open the window. It serves as a good model for SACETA members,” Jinguao said.

Chinese Ambassador in South Africa, HE Lin Songtian, said that the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese-Funded Enterprises in South Africa is a showcase of how Chinese enterprises implement the common values of friendship and justice that exists between the two countries. China has been SA’s biggest trade partner for 9 years and bilateral trade for the first quarter of 2018 amounted to 33.2 billion USD.

There are many factors that point to a mutually beneficial commitment. The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) took place in Beijing this year, while South Africa hosted the 10th annual BRICS Summit. Furthermore, China’s top 5 financial institutions have branches in South Africa.

Songtian believes that the two countries are in a season of embracing new historic opportunities, with special consideration of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision for South Africa to attract domestic and foreign investment. The Chinese sentiment maintains that this is indeed a win-win cooperation.

Going forward, Dr Miriam Altman, Commissioner of National Planning Commission believes that the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) relies heavily on the existing Africa-China relationship. “We need to seek more balanced trade, increase tourism prospects, and give fair attention to education and skills training, not forsaking deeper cooperation in innovation,” Altman concluded.

 

 

Issued by: Brand South Africa

Opinion| South Africa’s Role in the African Union

South Africa role in global leadership structures has seen higher levels of interest after hosting successful summit in July – which further advances it’s standing in BRICS. The country has held numerous summits, conferences and meetings in need of investments.   

SA has also moved to consolidate cooperation with the European Union.

South Africa’s role in Africa should not be underestimated. Africa is a rising power and there are many challenges the continent faces however,  at this moment Africa is slowly starting shift itself into a key global player.

With the African free trade agreement signed an awaiting implementation; this is a key moment for South Africa to once again take leadership as to the direction and growth of Africa. A CNN’s poll as to which African countries will lead the continent in the next few years saw South Africa come in third to Nigeria and Kenya.

South Africa will need to step its role in Africa and in the African Union, not just on economic standpoint but a political one as well.  South Africa should continue to amplify Africa’s voice globally. The G20 Summit held in Germany saw the leaders of the world’s biggest economies acknowledge that any cooperation with the continent must be on the basis of “African ownership” and “equal partnership”.

 

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

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