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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Media Briefing on BRICS in 2017: Taking Stock and Looking Forward


SAIIA invites members of the media to our special briefing on the 9th BRICS Summit.

From 3 – 5 September leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries will meet for the group’s 9th summit in Xiamen, China, under the theme ‘BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’.

The BRICS have been meeting annually since 2009 (with South Africa joining for its first summit in 2011) to enhance cooperation among themselves and discuss issues of common concern, including global governance reforms, development challenges and security concerns.

The Xiamen Summit will happen amid a series of key challenges for BRICS, both at a bilateral and multilateral level: Brazil, Russia and South Africa are facing serious domestic economic and political challenges, while India and China are locked in a military standoff in neighbouring Bhutan. Despite these challenges, the New Development Bank, established by the group in 2014, is forging ahead.

This press briefing will offer journalists covering the summit an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the political, geopolitical and economic dynamics against which the meeting will take place. It will also look ahead to what can be expected in 2018 when South Africa becomes the new BRICS host.


  • Elizabeth Sidiropoulos – Chief Executive, SAIIA
  • Cyril Prinsloo – Researcher: Economic Diplomacy Programme, SAIIA

Click here to view pdf Elizabeth's BRICS presentation (329 KB)
Click here to view pdf Cyril's BRICS presentation (412 KB)

Click here to view our Facebook Live video. 
Click here to watch Cyril Prinsloo speak about BRICS on Morning Live.

Event Details

Date:    Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Time:    11h00 – 12h30
Venue:  SAIIA Hall, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
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The BRICS and the New World Order: A Beginner's Guide
3 ways SA can leverage BRICS to drive growth
BRICS – the dream deferred, for now
The New Development Bank: Moving the BRICS from an Acronym to an Institution
In addition, SAIIA has a very wide range of publications and other resources on the BRICS and its relationship with Africa.

For more information or to arrange for interviews:

Ms Fortunate Xaba
SAIIA Communications Officer
Tel: +27 (0)11 339-2021