All heads of state from Africa and the political leaders of the main organizations from the Global South have been invited to the next summit of the BRICS economic bloc. 22 states have now made formal applications to join the BRICS club out of the more than 40 nations that have indicated interest. “We’ve never had such a large outreach,” said the South African official in charge of BRICS relations.

69 Leaders Invited to the BRICS Summit

According to City Press, 69 invitations have already been sent out for the forthcoming BRICS meeting, which is anticipated to be the biggest one ever. The summit is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from August 22 to August 24 this year. Brazil, Russia, China, India, and South Africa make up the BRICS economic group.

The presidents of the key Global South organizations and all 54 African heads of state have been invited to the summit, according to Anil Sooklal, the South African envoy in charge of BRICS relations. But the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were not invited. Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, indicated interest in attending the BRICS summit last month, but Russia objected.

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President Ramaphosa’s choice to invite all African leaders to the BRICS summit, in Sooklal’s opinion, was motivated by the group’s interest in Africa. He said South Africa understood the need to leverage its presidency to promote development on the continent, with a particular emphasis on advancing the continental free trade deal.

Sooklal insisted that “We’ve never had such a large outreach,” pointing out that this year’s conference will be the biggest. In contrast, he said, “In 2018, we had the entire Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) heads of state present, as well as leaders from the global south.”

Additionally, the South African delegate stated last week that more than 40 nations are considering joining the BRICS club, with 22 nations having already made formal applications. Additionally, he disclosed that the summit’s sessions will focus on “deepening interaction in trading in local currencies.” In his words, “Countries want to have greater flexibility and to be less dependent on the dollar.”


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