Johannesburg — Botswana stands ready to play her part in contributing to global solutions to modern day challenges which include inequality, poverty and high unemployment.
The commitment was made by President Mokgweetsi Masisi when addressing the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27.
The BRICS Africa outreach dialogue forum was attended by BRICS Bloc leaders including President of Russia Mr Vladimir Putin, China president, Mr Xi Jinping, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, India prime minister, Mr Narendra Modi and Brazil president Mr Michel Temer and several African heads of government and regional bodies.
President Masisi said it was pleasing to see that BRICS leadership was taking the lead to finding solutions to challenges of the developing world.
He further observed that BRICS countries collectively had a strong political voice and requisite resources to influence the international order.
President Masisi said the theme of the summit ;BRICS in Africa: collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution, was relevant in view of Africa's quest to create inclusive societies and global partnerships that would bring prosperity to the continent.
He further said, BRICS was already a strong nucleus to tap into,citing BRICS economic partnerships and initiatives on priority areas such as trade, investment, manufacturing, infrastructure connectivity, financial integration, science, technology and innovation, and information and communication technology cooperation.
He said these steps were in the right direction to set the continent towards sustainable development.
President Masisi also called on global south leaders to continue to partner in addressing challenges to international peace and security.
President Masisi also reiterated that, "as African leaders, we have thus committed to being at the forefront of finding African solutions to African problems to spur Africa towards Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and rule of law."
For his part, BRICS forum chairperson, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa said it was vital that the global south worked together to address pressing common needs and concerns.
He further said sustained and inclusive growth that could lift Africans out of poverty and could provide jobs were an overriding concern and focus for BRICS.
Mr Ramaphosa also said in the face of unilateralism and protectionism, African economies needed inclusive growth and sustained industrial development and that BRICS aimed to deepen cooperation with African countries through partnerships.
"This is significant for Africa as it endeavours to strengthen partnerships with developed and emerging economies towards fostering development and prosperity," he said.
President Masisi was accompanied by the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Unity Dow and other senior government officials.
Source : BOPA