The leading political parties of the BRICS association will be meeting to discuss common political and economic issues in Tshwane from Tuesday, 4 December 2018, to Thursday, 6 December 2018.
Chairperson of the ANC Subcommittee on International Relations, Lindiwe Zulu said on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, that the ruling party was ready to hand over their position as chair of the annual BRICS summit.
South Africa hosted the BRICS summit in July 2018 and also chaired the event. The government hosted the BRICS Political Parties Plus Dialogue event in Tshwane on Tuesday, 4 December 2018. The process within the BRICS organisation dictates that the chairpersonship must be handed over to a different party for the following year.
Zulu said the ANC was prepared to conduct the dialogue. “We are ready to host this meeting. We’ve been preparing since the decision was taken in the last meeting,” Zulu said.
The summit in July focused on development in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. Ramaphosa alluded to this in his opening speech.
“Our political parties must discuss how our countries can collectively take advantage of the digital age for the benefit of all our people,” the president said.
The event, which is aimed at addressing political and economic challenges concerning member states, will take place until Thursday, 6 December 2018.