The 10th BRICS summit is presently on-going in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25th to the 27th of July, 2018. The five-member states, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, account for approximately a fifth of the world’s economic output and 40% of its population. The theme of the summit this year is ‘BRICS in Africa: collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution’.
The summit will see to the attendance of international head of states, business leaders, civil society organisations and academics. High-ranking officials from at least nine African countries, the African Union, other emerging markets and the United Nations will equally be in attendance.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, BRICS leaders are expected to discuss “global hotspot issues, international peace, security, global governance and trade issues.
The issues being discussed at the 10th BRICS Summit broadly include: multilateralism, global governance, health and vaccines, socio-economic empowerment of women, peacekeeping, network of science, parks and technology, inclusive growth, sustainable development and infrastructure.
China has pledged to boost cooperation with fellow BRICS countries in response to soaring frictions with the United States of America, as it seeks to cultivate alliances to help it weather a bruising trade war.
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