Aide Mémoire South Africa’s Chairship of BRICS in 2018 and hosting the 10th BRICS Summit


South Africa assumed the BRICS Chairship on 01 January 2018 and will be Chair until 31 December 2018. The year 2018 holds special significance in the BRICS historical trajectory as it concludes the first decade of BRICS Summits at the highest diplomatic level. This year is also important as the BRICS Chairship coincides with the Year of Nelson Mandela, as South Africa celebrates the centenary of his birth.South Africa, as part of its Chairship, seeks to strategically align its approach with past Chairships of BRICS, whilst simultaneously retaining the focus on its domestic and regional priorities.


The new areas of BRICS cooperation as proposed by South Africa, are as follows:


        Establishment of a Working Group on Peacekeeping;

        Establishment of a Vaccine Research Centre for Collaboration with BRICS vaccine innovation and development partners – this is intended to be a physical research centre focused on research and development and vaccine innovation;

        Establishment of a BRICS Gender and Women’s Forum – intended as a dedicated track for gender and women’s issues, given the economic benefit to be derived from the socio-economic empowerment of women, particularly in developing countries;

        Leveraging the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership towards the pursuit of Inclusive Growth and Advancing the 4thIndustrial Revolution – this is intended to foster discussions to addresses opportunities provided by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as a means of leapfrogging development stages and bridging the digital divide; and

        Establishment of a BRICS Tourism Track of Cooperation.