The theme for South Africa’s BRICS Presidency is BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Multilateralism. The theme for South Africa’s BRICS Presidency is BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Multilateralism. Through this, BRICS cooperation is responding to the needs and demands of the larger international community, particularly growth, sustainable development and inclusion of the global South in the world system. South Africa’s theme for 2023 is underpinned by the following priorities:
Dramatic changes to climate and extreme weather events are felt across the globe. Tackling climate change requires urgent, significant, and transformational changes across all sectors of our economies. South Africa’s priority in 2023 is to explore opportunities to manage the risks associated with climate change while improving the lives and futures of all its people.
Education and continuous skills development are long term solutions towards development and escaping poverty. Under this priority, SA will look to strengthen our existing cooperation and initiatives towards knowledge creation and knowledge exchange to unlock opportunities for the future.
The African Continental Free Trade Area creates a predictable environment for investments by South Africa’s BRICS partners, particularly in infrastructure development. Each of the BRICS nations have active partnerships on cooperation, trade and development on the African continent. Under this priority, SA will be looking at building a partnership between BRICS and Africa to unlock mutually beneficial opportunities for increased trade, investment and infrastructure development.
Under this priority, SA will look towards implementation of its economic plans and strategies towards placing BRICS economies at the centre of global economic growth. There will be a focus on identifying solutions for accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Equity, fairness, and a recognition of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities are expected to underly SA’s response.
Without compromising on the BRICS common vision of a more equitable, fair, balanced, just and representative global political, economic and financial system, SA aspires to build on recent reform achievements and to identify achievable, meaningful and timeous reforms that can be realised under pressure of a collective voice and influence. South Africa is cognizant that the marginalisation of women in peace processes must be addressed. Lasting peace, security and sustainable development cannot be achieved without the inclusion of women in conflict resolution as well as in post conflict reconstruction