South Africa's BRICS membership speaks for African: minister

10:16, April 19, 2011      

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South Africa's membership in BRICS is not just focus on narrow state interest, but also broadly on the African continent, said Minister of South African International Relations and Cooperation Department Maite Nkoana- Mashabane on Monday. "At the end of the Summit, a Joint Declaration was signed, which captures the central essence of what this evolving formation is committed to and seeks to achieve, going into the future, " Nkoana-Mashabane who was just back from China told a media briefing.

The Third BRICS Leaders Meeting was held on April 14 in Sanya, China. South Africa attended the meeting as the new member of the bloc. Analysts say the African continent would also benefit from South Africa's inclusion to the group through deeper cooperation in various areas. "Our fortunes (as African countries) are intertwined. As much as we didn't go to the AU to seek a mandate to join BRICS, SA diplomats speak for the wellbeing of SA but also the African continent as a whole.

"He (President Zuma) took advantage of our presence in Hainan in the BRICS summit to highlight what NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa's Development) outlines," she told Xinhua.

She also said the BRICS push for the reform of the global institutions of governance and the UN will ensure that African issues enjoy center-stage in deliberations within the UN Security Council, the IMF and the World Bank.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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