JOHANNESBURG - The second day of the Brics Summit 2018 got off to a smooth start with President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering an address to the delegates present at the summit.
Ramaphosa was joined by the Brics heads of government as well to deliver their addresses.
Ramaphosa told the 10th summit of the group on the first day of the summit that the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area, which provides access to a market of over 1 billion people and a combined GDP of over $3 trillion, presented opportunities for Brics countries, some of whom had extensive experience in infrastructure development and were leaders in education and skills development.
"Intra-Brics cooperation has been gaining momentum in areas such as finance, agriculture, trade, combating transnational crime, science and technology, health, education, security and academic dialogue," Ramaphosa said.
President of China, Xi Jinping was the first president to address the delegates at the summit.
Jinping said, " The future of #Brics is in the hands of our people, let us work together for lasting peace and prosperity in the world. We need to have more people to people exchanges and institutionalize those exchanges. We must safeguard peace and security in the world and remain committed to the UN Charter."
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi of India, said, "We need to make changes in our policies in order for our youth to be prepared for the future and have the skills to work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We need to ensure that our youth will be prepared for the jobs that do not exist yet. "
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE