Brics Announce Major Expansion With 6 Countries Joining in January 2024

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Brics Announce Major Expansion With 6 Countries Joining in January 2024

The existing five-member BRICS consortium revealed plans for expansion, extending invitations to six additional countries.

During the summit hosted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Johannesburg, it was declared that Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates would commence their membership in January.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping highlighted the momentous nature of this expansion, stating, "This step marks a historic event, underlining the collective resolve of BRICS nations towards unity and progress." The enlargement was a central focus of the three-day summit, although Ramaphosa noted that the concept had been under deliberation for more than a year.

Mohammad Jamshidi, Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs in Iran, shared his thoughts on social media, noting, "Iran's entry as a permanent member into BRICS is a momentous achievement, showcasing the success of Iran's foreign policy strategy."

The leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, welcomed the announcement of his country's inclusion in this "significant coalition." He expressed eagerness to sustain collaborative efforts for the advancement and well-being of all nations and peoples worldwide.

Egyptian President El-Sisi emphasized the commitment to cooperation and coordination with existing members and the newly invited countries, with the aim of enhancing economic collaboration and advocating for the concerns and developmental challenges faced by the Global South.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed celebrated this development as a pivotal achievement for his nation.

Alberto Fern√°ndez, President of Argentina, characterized this as a "milestone in strengthening camaraderie and embracing a more globally connected approach that we have always aspired to." While Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa publicly endorsed the expansion, there were divergent opinions among leaders regarding the number of countries that could join and the pace of implementation.

The previous expansion of BRICS occurred in 2010 with South Africa's inclusion, which added an "S" to the acronym, a year after the coalition's formation. The current composition represents roughly 40% of the global population and over a quarter of the world's GDP.

This enlargement marks a significant stride in reshaping the global order toward a multipolar world, with voices from the Global South gaining prominence on the international stage.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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