South African minister praises BRICS members’ achievements

South Africa’s Public Affairs Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has hailed the BRICS association, saying that in spite of cynicism from the West, the body has surpassed expectations.

The group of emerging economies has been the subject of much speculation since its creation.

BRICS members – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have just wrapped up a summit on governance in Johannesburg.

“I would also like to applaud the enduring spirit of camaraderie and partnerships among the BRICS players and their commitment towards the development agenda of this institution. It is true, that when the idea of BRICS was conceived, the rest of the western world and their sympathisers did not give it the slightest chance even to take off, let alone the level of growth we are witnessing now,” Dlodlo said at the closing ceremony of the governance conference.

The purpose of the seminar is to share experiences on how to build effective global governance.

The inaugural BRICS governance seminar was held in China in 2017. It was decided then that this seminar will be held each year by a school of government of each BRICS country where the summit is held.

Dlodlo said his country was all set for the BRICS Leadership Summit, which will be held in Johannesburg later this month.