The council is made up of officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
It is chaired by Sekunjalo chairman Dr Iqbal Survé and precedes the BRICS summit to be held in Johannesburg next week.
In Durban, key discussions on trade, sanitation and skills development are expected to be held at the meeting.
Flying in from Brazil, Rodrigo Dora, chairman of the BRICS agribusiness working group, said he always enjoyed visiting Durban. “I’ve been here before and it’s always amazing. The weather is great and the people are very nice.