10th BRICS Summit a major success

P Nkonyane

The African National Congress believes that the 10th BRICS Summit that took place from 25th to 27th July 2018 has been a huge success which saw many agreements being signed. This year's Summit was a crucial milestone, as it marked a decade of BRICS cooperation. The Summit was characterised by fruitful engagements, which led to productive outcomes. The BRICS leaders committed to the full implementation of the United nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its 17 sustainable development goals. The bloc emphasized the need for BRICS countries to heighten cooperation on peacekeeping.

The summit also pledged to support African development, industrialisation and infrastructure development as contained in the NEPAD programmes and African Union's Agenda 2063. An initiative of enhancing BRICS cooperation in health through the establishment of a BRICS Vaccine Centre, which will promote research and development in the medical field was also endorsed. The leaders also agreed to woman empowerment the establishment of a BRICS women's forum. As the ruling party we are particularly proud that, in BRICS, South Africa is in partnership with nations that share both our progressive perspective and our commitment to rebuilding and transforming institutions of global governance. The ANC is confident that BRICS holds the key to unlock some of the answers to our current socio-economic challenges.

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