Shettima Heads to Johannesburg for BRICS Summit of Emerging Economies

Vice President Kashim Shettima departed Abuja on Monday to stand in for President Bola Tinubu at the 15th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government, a high-profile event to be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The acronym ‘BRICS’ stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, representing a coalition of five influential emerging and developing economies.

Joining an assembly of prominent figures from the global business and political spheres, Shettima will participate in the Summit, taking place from August 22 to 24.

This announcement was conveyed via an official statement issued by Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President.

The Summit will welcome distinguished leaders including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, China’s President Xi Jinping, Brazil’s President Luiz Lula da Silva, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Other distinguished guests include the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the President of the New Development Bank.

A comprehensive agenda has been outlined for the Summit, encompassing deliberations on trade and investment facilitation, sustainable development, innovation, and reform in global governance.

The event will also extend its engagement to leaders from Africa and other regions of the global South, reinforcing its emphasis on matters of worldwide geopolitics, trade dynamics, and the advancement of infrastructure.