South Africa, which will be hosting the BRICS group’s next summit, announced on Thursday that over twenty countries from all over the world have submitted applications to join the BRICS group, which now comprises five nations, and an equal number of other countries have expressed interest in doing so. The BRICS group, which consists of South Africa, Brazil, China, India, and Russia, has stated that it is open to the idea of growing its membership in order to increase its influence in international organisations where the United States and Europe have historically held a disproportionate amount of power.
“Twenty-two countries have formally approached the BRICS countries to become full members of the group, and there are the same number of countries that have informally inquired about becoming BRICS members,” said Anil Sooklal, South Africa’s ambassador-at-large for Asia and the BRICS. He included Saudi Arabia, Iran, Argentina, and Bangladesh as some of the nations that have made public or unofficial statements indicating an interest in joining the BRICS bloc.
At a press briefing in Johannesburg, he noted that the growing interest in the Brics group is “nothing new,” but that it reflects the “confidence” in the work that the Brics have “championed” since the group’s creation. He made these comments in response to a question regarding the growing interest in the Brics group. “The BRICS are not only the driving force of global strength in trying to change the fault lines in terms of global politics, but they are also changing what happens in the global economic space”, stated Mr. Sooklal.
“A small number of hegemonic powers continue to dominate the current global architecture, which is unequal and marginalises developing nations.” We want a future in which people listen to what we have to say, he told AFP. Their upcoming summit will take place in Johannesburg from the 22nd to the 24th of August, and 69 countries, including African nations, have been invited to attend. Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, has expressed interest in attending the summit; however, no decision has been made regarding his participation.
Anil Sooklal made the remark, “The BRICS is a consensus entity; it’s not just South Africa’s decision; there has to be consultation,” while pointing out that South African Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor “is in charge of this procedure.” Sooklal was responding to a statement made by Anil Sooklal, who stated that “there has to be consultation.”
According to the website that is dedicated to the summit, the group of five developing powers was formally established in 2009, and they now account for 23% of the global GDP and 42% of the world’s population.