Webinar on BRICS and health diplomacy

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg, July 2018 … the contribution of the BRICS allilance to combating the COVID-19 pandemic is unclear. Picture: GCIS.

On 8 June  2021, the CACS, in partnership with the Political Science Department at Stellenbosch University, presented a zoom seminar titled ‘From Bandung to BRICS: Health Diplomacy in the Developing World’.


The BRICS Alliance has done little thus far to promote the interests of its members in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. In this timely webinar, speakers from all five BRICS countries evaluated its response to COVID-19, including the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines, and explored its options for ensuring an equitable response to COVID-19 that would help to lift the developing world out of an ongoing COVID crisis.


Bruno de Conti, professor of economics, University of Campinas, Brazil
Guilherme Santos Mello, professor of economics, University of Campinas, Brazil
Alex Mezyaev, professor of international law, University of Management (TISBI), Kazan, Russia
Dr David Monyae, Co-Director, UJ Confucius Institute and CACS
Janis van der Westhuizen, professor of political science, University of Stellenbosch
Prof Swaran Singh, professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Dr Yunping Wang, China National Health Development Research Centre
Dr Ekeminiabasi Eyita-Okon, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, CACS (moderator)


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