• The BRICS coalition is looking to expand its alliance by welcoming more countries into the group.
• Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has said he is open to the country joining BRICS in an upcoming summit in South Africa.
• African Ambassador Anil Sooklal has noted that more than a dozen nations from Africa, Latin America and Asia are interested in becoming members of BRICS.
BRICS To Discuss Mass Expansion at Upcoming Summit
The BRICS coalition, which was set up by emerging economies to create an alternative to US dollar hegemony, is currently made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. With more nations on its doorstep, the group is looking to add more countries to its alliance and will be discussing this at an upcoming summit in South Africa.
Venezuela Open To Joining BRICS
Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has stated that BRICS is already looking at proposals from several other countries looking to join the group. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has said he is open to welcoming Venezuela into BRICS upon discussing it at the upcoming summit. He stated: “It’s the first BRICS meeting in which I will participate after eight years. There are several proposals from other countries that want to join the BRICS. We are going to discuss this.“
Interest From Other Nations
African Ambassador Anil Sooklal recently said more than a dozen nations from Africa, Latin America and Asia are looking to become new members of BRICS: “So far, a number of countries (at least 13) from Africa, Latin America and Asia have applied or formally approached the BRIC leaders to become members of our association.“ He also noted that this shows confidence in the leadership of their association as well as demonstrates growing interest in joining it.
Final Decision Lies with All Members
President Lula concluded his statements on the matter by saying that while he was personally open for Venezuela’s inclusion into their alliance, it ultimately depends on all member’s decisions: „If there is an official request, this request will be officially taken to the BRICS and there will we decide.“
The addition of new members would only strengthen both financially and politically one of world’s most powerful alliances made up of emerging economies – something that could bring about much needed balance in global economics and politics today – making it a crucial decision for all involved parties come this upcoming summit in South Africa.