South African president to attend BRICS summit in China

16:42, April 11, 2011      

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South African President Jacob Zuma will lead a South African delegation to the third Brazil, Russia, India and China Summit (BRICS) at Sanya in China's Hainan Province from April 14 to April 15, South Africa's department of international relations and cooperation said on Sunday.

South Africa's BRICS membership is expected to be formalized at the summit, following an invitation in December 2010 by China, the current chair of BRICS.

Clayson Monyela, spokesman for South Africa's international relations department, said Zuma will use the opportunity "to ensure synergy of the BRICS mechanism agenda with the development and economic priorities of Africa.

Issues of international economic and financial interest will be discussed at the summit, Monyela said.

He said in a media statement that South Africa's participation in the BRICS summit comes within the context of significant rise by emerging market economies, which have created a diplomatic initiative to serve as a platform for dialogue and cooperation.

South Africa's international relations minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel and trade and industry minister Rob Davies will accompany Zuma.

Source: Xinhua
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