SOUTH AFRICAN BRICS THINK THANK

BRICS THINK THANK COUNCIL

BRICS ACADEMIC FORUM 2023

  • Strengthening post-pandemic socio-economic recovery
    Since its establishment in 2009, and subsequent to the joining of South Africa in 2010, the five BRICS member states have agreed to focus their cooperation on the three basic pillars which are (i) Political and Security, (ii) Economic and Finance, and (iii) Cultural and People-to-People exchange. For the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa, …
  • The BRICS and COVID-19:Navigating a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Recovery
    Over the years, the BRICS has continued to be the growth engine of the world. The bloc has much-untapped potential to influence the global economy and bring in a new era of regional cooperation, reinforce multilateralism, and align global governance where issues of the Global South are prioritised. Table 1 provides an overview of BRICS …
  • Strengthen International Regulatory Cooperation among BRICS for greater social and economic development in the post pandemic era
    Despite the profound and far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, throughout the world, the momentum of economic globalisation cannot be changed. Confronted by multiple global problems, including sluggish economic recovery, severe inflation, food insecurity, and energy crisis, the international community needs to further strengthen international economic cooperation and maintain the global value chain. This is …
  • Public-Private Partnership as a basis for strengthening BRICS post pandemic recovery
    The BRICS have chosen the route towards internationalisation, economic integration and modernisation and support economic entities, intended for strategic interests of the partner countries. In its essence public-private partnership (PPP) is a platform where public and private investors come together to find mutually beneficial resolution of financial and economic problems. It is important to note …
  • Multilateralism and Global Governance from the BRICS Perspective: An Investigation of Academic Literature of the BRICS countries
    This study selected the representative academic databases from the five BRICS countries as data sources, utilising bibliometric methods to review the scholarly work of BRICS nations on global governance and multilateralism. Specifically, Brazil used the official database CAPES of its Ministry of Education for literature collection. CAPES indexes many academic journal articles published domestically and …
  • Real reform of the multilateral system starts with the UNSC
    The war in Ukraine and the multiple challenges ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to the real and present danger of climate change and the burgeoning debt crisis have once again underscored the urgent need for real reform of the multilateral system. India has been saying so at the UN for thirty years, we have been …
  • Transforming the Education sector through AI-Powered Knowledge Diffusion and Skills Development in BRICS
    In 2023, Artificial Intelligence (AI) entered the public discourse becoming a household term. The conversation has ranged from AI making human labour redundant to an AI-based super intelligence emerging in the near future, triggering an extinction level event across society (Vallance, 2023). The AI headlines have been especially shocking, with an Open Letter signed by notable Western …
  • Leveraging technology to strengthen education and skills development for the future: Cases from India
    BRICS countries collectively comprise 40 percent of the world’s population (Statista, 2014). However, what truly defines this shared commonality among the nations is the diversity of population, culture and languages within the borders. India has 28 States and 8 Union Territories and according to the latest Census (2011), more than 19,500 mother tongues are spoken …
  • Prospects of BRICS cooperation in R&D and higher education
    Currently, politicians and experts are increasingly talking about moving towards a polycentric world order. The unipolar world with the hegemony of the United States is becoming a thing of the past. It is unlikely that there will be a new bipolarity in the form of Chimerica. However, it is not yet clear which powers will …
  • Building Platforms for BRICS Vocational Education and Skills Training: Advancing High-quality BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution
    China has the world’s largest vocational education system with 11,200 vocational schools and 29.15 million students, offering more than 1,300 majors which cover almost all areas of the national economy (Workers’ Daily, 19 August 2022). A system of Secondary Vocational High School + Vocational College + Vocational and Technical University was established. The Chinese government …