President Jacob Zuma has returned from this year’s BRICS summit in India, saying that South Africa has committed to building solutions to “world economic challenges”.
Zuma met with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China in an attempt to strengthen trade and development relations.
“The leaders discussed bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern aimed at achieving development, economic growth and prosperity, as well as peace and security,” says the Presidency.
Leaders also discusses global issues such as conflict, terrorism and issues with the internal structures of the United Nations and the Bretton Woods Institutions.
A key focus of the summit was the outreach programme to the BIMSTEC group, comprising several South Asian nations. “South Africa welcomes India's outreach initiative to the BIMSTEC countries and support the regional development and integration initiatives of BRICS members, says President Zuma.
Among the other outcomes of the summit was the adoption of the Goa Declaration and Action Plan, a commitment to “further strengthen the global governance architecture”.
African development also took centre stage, with Zuma highlighting the need for action in the eradication of conflict and poverty across the continent, a cause that South Africa is firmly committed to.
Next year’s summit will be held in China, with South Africa’s second opportunity coming in 2018.