Webinar on BRICS expansion

On Monday 21 August 2023, the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), in partnership with the UJ LIbrary, hosted a webinar titled: ‘BRICS Expansion?’


A growing number of African, Asian and Latin American countries have expressed an interest in joining the BRICS bloc. Speculation is rife as to how many countries, if any, will join the bloc, and the form this expansion may take. This webinar, ahead of the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa, brought together experts in the field to discuss this topic.


15h00–15h05: Welcome address: Prof David Monyae, Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, UJ; Director, CACS
15h05–15h15: Prof Siphamandla Zondi, Director,  Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC)
15h15–15h25: Prof Bruno De Conti, Associate Professor, Institute of Economics, University of Campinas, Brazil; Coordinator of the BRICS Network University
15h25–15h35: Prof Fulufhelo Netswera, Executive Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences; Head, BRICS Research Institute,  Durban University of Technology (DUT)
15h35–15h50: Prof Swaran Singh, Chair, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD), Jawaharlal Nehru University
15h50–16h00: Prof Alex Meziaev, Head, International Law Department, University of Management TISBI, Russia
16h00–16h20: Questions and answers
16h20–16h25: Closing remarks: Prof David Monyae
16h25–16h30: Vote of thanks: Dr Emmanuel Matambo, Research Director, CACS

Featured image: President Cyril Ramaphosa chairs the BRICS Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus interactive dialogue at the 10th BRICS Summit held at the Sandton International Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 26 July 2018. Photo: DIRCO.

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