Thursday, August 9, 2018
Opportunity Africa: Will the Brics Countries Manage Mutual Cooperation?
Widely touted as a major milestone in the developing relationship between South Africa and its Brics partners, the message at the 10th annual Brics summit in Johannesburg last month was resoundingly clear: Both Brics and South Africa, in particular have a strong desire to deepen mutually beneficial, pragmatic cooperation in the African continent
The meeting between the Russian and South African presidents at the recent BRICS summit in Johannesburg was particularly valuable marking the birth of a new stage in bilateral relations. The course for all-out cooperation was sealed by the signing of a Joint Statement
The Shanghai Spirit advocated by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity and aspiration for common development takes on the key task of facilitating the “conjunction” between the Belt and Road Initiative advocated by China and Greater Eurasia Partnership advocated by Russia
In the age of Twitter, BRICS, or the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has produced a 102-paragraph-long Johannesburg Declaration, one of the longest in recent years. This implies that either this important multilateral grouping has a lot to say about the state of the world or it needs to hire a sharp editor