The Brics summit would only be meaningful if it prioritised the development of the rural poor in the member countries, King Goodwill Zwelithini said on Monday.
The discussions should focus on ensuring food security for poor people, particularly those in rural areas.
“We need to ask ourselves how the poor people will benefit from whatever outcome we get from the summit including the development bank. Brics would only grow if ordinary people are part of the development,” he said.
The king was speaking during a meeting in Durban with Chinese academics from the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.