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The August's BRICS Summit could be decisive for Africa

The BRICS Alliance is expected to host an important summit this August in Johannesburg, South Africa, from August 22-24, 2023. The summit will be presided over by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to make the trip to Johannesburg. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not physically attend the summit due to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. South Africa is a member of the ICC, and as such, it would be obliged to arrest Putin if he were to enter the country. It is, however, expected that Putin will still participate in the summit virtually. He will dial in via video link, and he is expected to deliver a speech to the other BRICS leaders.

Many African countries have already expressed their interest in joining the Alliance. They see the BRICS as an alternative to Western dominance. Thus, it is clear that this BRICS Summit in August will be extremely decisive for the African continent as it is going to impact its economic and political future.

First, the summit could provide an opportunity for African countries to strengthen their ties with the BRICS countries. The BRICS countries are some of the world’s largest economies, and they have a growing interest in Africa. By strengthening their ties with the BRICS countries, African countries could gain access to new markets, investment, and technology.

Second, the summit could provide an opportunity for African countries to discuss their common challenges and to find solutions. Africa is facing a number of challenges, including poverty, hunger, disease, and conflict. By working together, the BRICS countries and African countries could find solutions to these challenges and promote development on the continent.

Third, the summit could provide an opportunity for African countries to play a more active role in the global economy. The BRICS countries are increasingly playing a larger role in the global economy, and they are looking for partners to join them. By playing a more active role in the BRICS, African countries could gain a seat at the table and shape the global economic order.

As a matter of fact, the summit could lead to increased trade and investment between Africa and the BRICS countries. This would help to boost economic growth and create jobs on the continent. It could also lead to the development of new infrastructure projects in Africa, which would help to improve transportation, energy, and communications networks on the continent. Last but not least, this summit could lead to the transfer of technology to Africa, which would help boost innovation and productivity on the continent since technology is a key component of socioeconomic development.

This twenty-first century is an interesting one where the battle for power and influence is no longer in waging wars of aggression like it was in the previous century but through strategic economic alliances and partnerships to survive and remain competitive. The African continent remains the last continent where everything is to be done, and BRICS could offer the continent an opportunity to position itself for a brighter future.


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