Johannesburg - Outgoing chairman of the Brics Business Council, Dr Iqbal Survé, on Wednesday described his tenure at the helm of the business establishment of the world's five fastest-growing emerging economies as one that was challenging yet highly rewarding.
Survé recalled how difficult and tough it was to form the Brics Business Council back in 2013 as country representatives were not buying into the idea, and how he and his fellow members had to convince other business people that the council was for all their benefit after the Indian delegation walked out of the formation meeting, followed by the Chinese delegation.
"It was a challenge getting people to work together. I remember kicking one of my colleagues under the table and telling him that we have to allow people to tell us and say what they wanted to do. And that is how we saved the Business Council," Survé said.
"I'm very proud to be passing the baton to the new council which will continue doing our people and our continent proud. What we have been doing was all in service for our people without expecting anything in return," Survé said.
Survé was speaking at a glitzy gala dinner in Johannesburg where the successes of the Brics Business Council for its five years' work since its establishment in 2013 were established.