More Than 40 Countries Eager to Join BRICS: A Bid for a New Global Order

The BRICS alliance is expanding as 40 additional countries express their interest in joining.
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The BRICS group of nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is experiencing a surge in interest from around the world, with over 40 countries expressing a keen desire to join.

As the date for the BRICS summit approaches, the question of expanding the club's membership takes center stage, reflecting a global appetite to counter the perceived dominance of the U.S.-led West in international affairs.


The BRICS Summit: A Platform for Global Balance

Addressing journalists in Johannesburg, Anil Sooklal, South Africa's key diplomat for BRICS relations, and officials from the Department of foreign affairs revealed the growing interest from countries seeking BRICS membership.

Apart from the 22 countries that have formally applied, there is a significant number of nations informally expressing their desire to become part of the prestigious bloc. The allure of BRICS, with its focus on championing the developing world, has captured the attention of nations worldwide, including major players in the global south.

Anil Sooklal, South Africa's key diplomat for BRICS relations

Balancing Diplomacy and Obligations

South Africa, as the host nation, has found itself navigating a delicate diplomatic situation. The country's membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) poses a challenge, as the ICC issued a warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year, accusing Russia of war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine.

Nevertheless, South Africa confirmed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend the summit on behalf of President Putin.

Vladimir Putin to skip BRICS summit

South Africa's Complex Ties with Russia

The African National Congress (ANC), ruling South Africa, has had a long-standing alliance with Russia since the days of fighting against white minority rule. This historical connection has drawn scrutiny from Western nations, who perceive it as overly friendly towards Russia.

However, South Africa maintains a neutral stance on the Ukraine conflict and seeks a peaceful resolution through diplomatic means. Its efforts as a mediator have been recognized and accepted by both sides in the conflict, a testament to the power of engagement over isolation in promoting negotiation.

South Africa's Complex Ties with Russia

Championing the Global South

The BRICS summit serves as a platform for South Africa and other BRICS nations to advocate for the interests of the global south.

Countries like Argentina, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Comoros, Gabon, and Kazakhstan have all expressed interest in joining BRICS, envisioning it as a powerful counterbalance to the prevailing Western influence in global affairs.

The Role of BRICS in Shaping a New World Order

As more countries seek to join BRICS, the group's role in shaping a new world order becomes increasingly significant. With a vision to promote development and inclusivity, BRICS could redefine the global landscape, offering a viable alternative to traditional power structures.

The upcoming summit will be closely watched by the international community, as it holds the potential to forge new alliances and foster a more equitable and cooperative global environment.

Tumisang Bogwasi
Tumisang Bogwasi

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