“BRICS Plus” mechanism turns BRICS cooperation into the most impactful platform for South-south cooperation
the Cameroon Tribune, envisions a future where more African countries will further align with other developing nations through investment and shared practices. Thanks to the official setup of “BRICS Plus” mechanism, the vision of further cooperation between developing nations has been made possible through the widening of BRICS countries’ circle of friends during the 2017 BRICS Summit held from September 3 to 5 in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province.
Besides BRICS member South Africa, Guinea and Egypt were also invited to the summit to participate in an open dialogue among emerging and developed nations.
“If a permanent member benefits from BRICS cooperation, it means Africa is also benefiting,” Ndukong told Chinafrica during the summit. He is confident that Cameroon’s infrastructure and connectivity like roads, bridges, telecommunications and hydro dams for electricity will be improved and further facilitate economic advances through such cooperation. “We need all such infrastructure to develop. That’s why Africa believes BRICS will help it develop,” he added.
This, he said, will expand its circle of members. “With broad partnerships, the group can evolve into a more influential platform for South-south cooperation. It also reflects China’s vision for a new globalization with promoting common development as its core,” he said.
According to Wang, many emerging economies, including Indonesia and Turkey, have shown great interest in joining the platform. The Xiamen Declaration also proposed to strive toward broad partnerships with emerging market and developing countries, committing that dialogue and cooperation with NON-BRICS countries would be on an “equal footing.” “By expanding the bloc’s partnership, BRICS Plus would infuse a fresh driving force for its development in the next decade,” Chen said.