Media Statement: Civil BRICS Summit 2018

On 25-26 June 2018, civil society organisations (CSOs) will host the Civil BRICS Summit ahead of the BRICS Summit at the offices of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences for a two-day meeting.   This is the culmination of several consultations that took place at a provincial level in South Africa. This included Gauteng (with participation from CSOs in Free State and Northern Cape), Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape (with participation of CSOs from all regions of the province i...
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Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations

o4 June 2018 The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 4 June 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Ministers reflected on the importance of this year marking a decade of BRICS Summits, as a testimony to the fortitude of BRICS cooperation and reiterated the commitment to implement the outcomes and consensus of past...
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SA ready to take over BRICS Business Council chairmanship

Cape Town -  Africa is set for a decade of "unbelievable growth and prosperity". This is according to Dr Iqbal Survé, chairman of the SA chapter of the BRICS Business Council, who will take up the annual rotating chairmanship of the overall BRICS Business Council (BBC) at the mid-term meeting which takes place in Shanghai, China, next week. The BRICS membership is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Survé said the mid-term meeting was very important, coming as ...
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Public Lecture on BRICS in Africa: Collaboration, Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution

19 April 2018 - Public lecture on BRICS at the University of Limpopo The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has partnered with the University of Limpopo for a public lecture on South Africa’s hosting of the 10th BRICS Summit. Taking place under the theme: “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration, Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution”, the lecture is scheduled for Monday, 23 April 2018, and will be presented by Prof Anil Sooklal, Deput...
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SARS to host BRICS Heads of Customs Authorities

PRETORIA, 11 April 2018 - The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will host the Customs Cooperation Meeting, which is a representation of the heads of customs authorities from BRICS member countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa with a view to enhance relations and further improve co-operation and promote development among BRICS member countries.  The heads of customs administrations from BRICS member countries will meet in Durban from 18 to 19 April 2018. This meeting will ...
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BRICS preparing proposals to remove administrative barriers for summit in South Africa

27 March 2018 Russia expects proposals aimed at removing excessively complex administrative barriers within BRCIS to be prepared by the Business Council by the next summit in South Africa scheduled for July 2018, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin, who heads the Russian delegation, said at a meeting of the BRCIS Business Council in Shanghai on Tuesday. "One of the main tasks of the Business Council is to identify problems and difficulties, which hi...
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New economic world order is emerging – and BRICS will be at the centre of it

26 March 2018 The rise and rise of the Brics bloc is a definite indication of the new emerging world order, one that is both political and economic in nature and is a reflection of the global power shift and realities of the twenty-first century.The Brics countries have a lot going for them. Together they encompass more than 25percent of the world’s land coverage and 40percent of the world’s population and hold a combined gross domestic product of $18.5trillion (R216.5trln). In Oct...
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BRICS to prioritise Digital Economy – Survé

Date: 4 April, 2018 JOHANNESBURG - BRICS countries - led by South Africa - are going to prioritise the digital economy in the development of cheaper, quicker and faster digital and mobile technology. BRICS compromises five major emerging national economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The incoming chairman of the BRICS Business Council, Dr. Iqbal Survé, said the “4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)” was characterised by dramatic and disruptive change in the way...
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Pres. Ramaphosa reinforces BRICS relations with China, Russia

Johannesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, underscored the importance of the country's relations with members of the Brics group of countries in engagements with the governments of China and Russia, the Presidency said. Brics is the association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Presidency said that Ramaphosa hosted a courtesy call by Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic...
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