President Hakainde Hichilema says the summit taking place in South Africa should serve as a stepping stone to enhance coordination between BRICS and Africa.
The Head of State said the BRICS Smsummit should enable African countries have an effective response to global social, political, economic, and environmental challenges.
Hichilema said this when he addressed the BRICS-Africa outreach and BRICS plus dialogues on the sidelines of the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa in his capacity as Community Market for Eastern and Southern African (COMESA) Chairperson.
He said the BRICS community, represented more than 42 percent of the global population, 30 percent of the world’s territory, 23 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 18 percent of global trade, presented significant opportunities.
“Zambia is eager to strengthen partnerships that bring mutual benefits, and is also keen on fortifying economic ties with likeminded countries, based on the complementary nature of resources,” Hichilema said.
He also advocated for a revitalized international order that is rule-based, fair, and inclusive, addressing opportunities and challenges in solidarity, to achieve outcomes that are mutually beneficial.
“We extended our congratulations to His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa, for convening the BRICS – AFRICA Summit and the BRICS Plus Dialogue,” Hichilema said.
The Summit was held under theme “Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development, and Inclusive Multilateralism”.
He said this could not be overstated at a time when the continent was seeking sustainable solutions to the unprecedented economic challenges.
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