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GEGAfrica Discussions

  • South Africa's changing economy in the context of BRICS
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    South Africa's changing economy in the context of BRICS A country’s international economic agenda is invariably shaped by its domestic constraints and socio-economic development objectives. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) states are no exception.
  • Ties with other emerging economies crucial
    Ties with other emerging economies crucial After five years of introspection and institution building, the sixth BRICS summit offers an opportunity for the group to focus on its relations with the rest of the world. Relations with the Group of 7 (G-7) are particularly contentious. Russia's exclusion from the G-8 following the crisis in Crimea has moved the BRICS to the centre stage in Russian foreign policy thinking, and risks pulling the group onto an opposition…
  • Role of BRICS in African regional integration and development
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    Role of BRICS in African regional integration and development South Africa hosted the fifth BRICS Summit in Durban in March 2013. This summit was a first for South Africa and for the BRICS in more ways than one. Notable was the fact that it was the first summit held under a theme that went beyond the five BRICS members and resonated with the continent in which the Summit was being hosted. The theme for the Summit was, “BRICS and…
  • Both politics and economics behind proposed BRICS bank
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    Both politics and economics behind proposed BRICS bank The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) were brought together by their investment returns and growth potential, but for the group to act they must find some common purpose.
  • BRICS Trade & Economics Research Network Newsletter
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    In November 2011, a group of five like-mentioned organisations from among the BRICS group of countries came together in Shanghai, China to establish the BRICS Trade & Economics Research Network. They are: Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil; EcoAccord, Russia; CUTS International, India; Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center, China; and South African Institute of International Affairs, South Africa.
  • BRICS Summit 2014: Materials, Guides and Interviews
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    BRICS Summit 2014: Materials, Guides and Interviews In advance of the sixth annual BRICS Heads of State Summit, to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil from 14-16 July 2014, SAIIA has compiled an engaging range of new materials about the grouping's past, present and future.
  • BRICS and Africa: A lot to be done yet
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    BRICS and Africa: A lot to be done yet The emergence of the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) grouping coincided with the notion of an ‘Africa Rising’, a term coined following Africa's growing economic prosperity. The rise of BRICS also overlapped with their increased involvement in Africa.
  • The BRICS New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement at a glance
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    The BRICS New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement at a glance As the BRICS meet in Fortaleza, Brazil from 14-16 July 2014, attention is once again on the group’s efforts to establish two new financial institutions: the New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement. Negotiations are underway on both and, while it remains uncertain that they will be officially launched in Fortaleza, substantial progress is expected to be announced at the summit.
  • The BRICS Library: Reading between the lines of the BRICS bibliography
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    The BRICS Library: Reading between the lines of the BRICS bibliography BRICS’ critics were dealt a crippling blow recently when the group, which is often accused of being a talk shop, showed they are also very keen on reading. In an unusual move for an international summit, the group released an official 'BRICS Bibliography', listing key readings for those wishing to know more about the leaders, economics, history, literature, politics and sociology of each country.