SAIIA Podcast 20: BRICS, Brazil and Africa

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SAIIA recently held a two-day meeting called “BRICS and Africa: A Partnership for Sustainable Development.” Our Brazilian partners from the BRICS Policy Centre joined the discussions on the political, economic and security issues related to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa or the BRICS group of emerging countries. We used the opportunity to speak to Paulo Esteves, the General Supervisor at Brazil’s BRICS Policy Centre and Head of the International Relations Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

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2014 is a big year for Brazil. This football-crazy country will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June. But before that, it hosts the BRICS heads of state summit in March. We asked Paulo:

  • In 2013, South African hosted the BRICS summit and pushed for clarity on the BRICS Development Bank and incorporated what was called the ‘Africa Agenda’. What is the next natural step for Brazil as they play host?
  • What progress has been made on the BRICS bank?
  • Before the BRICS, there was the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) forum. How has the BRICS influenced engagement between South Africa and Brazil within IBSA?

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