Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who coordinates South Africa's position in the BRICS Forum, is interviewed by SAIIA on the South African perspective of the BRICS grouping.
Since South Africa's accession to the BRICS group of emerging powers in 2011, there has been sustained interest in South Africa's role in the shifting dynamics of global economic governance. Given that South Africa will be hosting the BRICS Summit in 2013, this attention will only increase throughout in the coming year.
On 6 August 2012 the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria convened a symposium of eminent researchers and policy-makers from Africa and the BRICS countries, to exchange views on the interests of the BRICS, especially as it relates to the Group of 20 (G-20).
A special panel of experts were invited to present fresh insights into the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and their relationship with Africa. The Seminar was opened by Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who coordinates South Africa's position in the BRICS Forum. He currently holds the position of Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).This interview was part of the Global Economic Governance - Africa (GEGAfrica) project, which SAIIA jointly co-ordinates. For more, see www.gegafrica.org.