President Cyril Ramaphosa made the call to the global south countries, which included African, Caribbean and Islamic countries, to focus on lifting their people out of poverty. Picture: Siyabulela Duda/GCIS

Johannesburg - The five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa, have appealed to all global south countries of the world, including other African States, to unite against trade wars and the “rise of unilateralism”.

The call was made early on Friday morning during the BRICS-Africa Outreach summit which is held at the Sandton Convention Centre - which is hosting the 10th BRICS Summit.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa made the call to the global south countries, which included African, Caribbean and Islamic countries, to focus on lifting their people out of poverty and to provide their citizens with job opportunities.

According to Ramaphosa, that goal would only be realised if all South to South countries "advance equal trade" and fight against the “rise of protectionism and unilateralism".

While no mention was made about  US President Donald Trump and his recent imposed trade war with China, leaders of the BRICS countries were evidently making call for Trump’s actions to be condemned by all these countries. These leaders also made commitments to invest in infrastructure, industrialisation and energy for these respective African, Caribbean and Islamic countries. 

South Africa is also set to benefit a lot from these partnership. 

Brazil President Michel Temer said his country would set up a centre in Joburg to train thousands of professionals in the aviation industry. Temer also said his country would assist South Africa to set up a centre which would manufacture vaccines in a bid to to stop reliance on “other traditional countries”.

He also committed his country to assist the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and other defence forces in  African to help them conduct peace missions in the world.

“Brazil has five different peace missions in Africa. Let us ensure that the BRICS agenda remain vibrant,” Temer said. China’s President Xi Jinping also appealed to the different countries to trade together in good faith. In response, Rwandan President Paul Kagame welcomed the call and said the close cooperation of all the countries would improving the governance of the continent.

Kagame also told BRICS countries that there were huge investment on opportunities in Africa.

Political Bureau