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  • South Africa and the G-20

    South Africa is the only African member of the Group of 20 (G-20) and therefore carries the weight not only of its own national interests but of being a voice for the concerns of African and low income countries. While South Africa has no official mandate to represent anyone but itself, there is implicit pressure to ensure...
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  • Creating infrastructure for the New Development Bank is a milestone for BRICS

    How has the sixth BRICS summit responded to expectations? How should its success be measured? And what do the outcomes from the sixth summit mean for South Africa’s continued membership of the grouping?
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  • 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...
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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.

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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.

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GEGAfrica Discussions

  • South Africa and the G-20
    South Africa and the G-20 South Africa is the only African member of the Group of 20 (G-20) and therefore carries the weight not only of its own national interests but of being a voice for the concerns of African and low income countries. While South Africa has no official mandate to represent anyone but itself, there is implicit pressure to ensure that those countries and institutions who participate in the G-20 processes at least…
  • Creating infrastructure for the New Development Bank is a milestone for BRICS
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    Creating infrastructure for the New Development Bank is a milestone for BRICS The seaside resort of Fortaleza in the northern part of Brazil was the destination for the sixth summit for the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) group of nations. Flying into the city, one would not be immediately aware it was playing host to this increasingly significant geo-strategic platform of the Global South. Daily life moved along routinely.
  • 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.