- Russian President Vladimir Putin will be attending the 2018 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg
- The summit is scheduled to take place from the 25th to the 27th of July
- Putin is expected to arrive with a sizeable entourage which includes at least 12 of his senior ministers
The Russian embassy has confirmed that the country’s president Vladimir Putin will be attending the 2018 BRICS Summit which is scheduled to take place from the 25th to the 27th of July in Johannesburg.
Putin will be arriving with a sizable entourage which includes at least 12 of his most senior ministers including the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.
A spokesperson for the Russian embassy Alexander Kulyaev confirmed that Putin and the powerful delegation would be coming to South Africa and would be visiting various sites in the country.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kulyaev said there was a strong possibility that Putin would visit the Cradle of Humankind because of its close proximity to Johannesburg.
He noted that nothing had been set in stone and that the BRICS Summit programme director would ultimately determine which sites the Russian delegation would visit.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Putin’s last visit to South Africa was for the 2013 BRICS Summit which was held in Durban. Putin has only made one official state visit to South Africa which was back in 2006.
BRICS consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and was established to stimulate economic trade, financial aid, project cooperation and infrastructure development between the member nations.
The block originally consisted of only Brazil, Russia, India and China and was seen as a powerful bloc of emerging economies. South Africa officially joined the group in September 2010.
The BRICS Summit is held each year and gives the member nations the opportunity to discuss matters such as areas of cooperation, identifying business opportunities in member nations and discussing socio-economic cooperation.
The 2018 Summit is being held under the banner of: “Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.” The event will be hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The South African government will be proposing several new areas of cooperation in Africa for the other member nations to consider and include establishing a working group with the aim of maintaining peace on the continent.
South Africa will also be pushing for the establishment of a Vaccine Research Centre and a Women’s and Gender Forum.
President Ramaphosa will be hoping to secure additional investment and help from the bloc to counteract the problems he is facing with the South African economy. A rise in the price of oil has cause petrol and diesel prices to skyrocket in recent months which has impacted negatively on the already sluggish economy.
Ramaphosa secured $20 billion in direct foreign investment from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on his recent visit to the Gulf.
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