Afrika: Simbabwe will BRICS-Gruppe beitreten

16 mar 2023 4:00 p.m

According to a spokesman for the ruling party in Zimbabwe, the African country would like to become a member of the BRICS group. Zimbabwe sees this economic bloc as a new force in international relations, a senior official in the country said.

The Zimbabwean government would like to become a member of the BRICS economic bloc, spokesman Christopher Mutsvangwa of the ruling party ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front) said on Wednesday. “We have made it clear that we would like to become a member of BRICS,” he told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The official added that his country is interested in developing the alternatives to the Western-dominated financial transaction system SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). In his opinion, the BRICS could make a contribution. Mutsvangwa also described BRICS as a new power in international relations. He hopes BRICS’ growth and expansion will continue, he added.

The five countries that gave BRICS their name alone – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – already account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population and almost a quarter of global GDP.

At the beginning of the year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “more than a dozen” countries had already expressed their interest in joining the BRICS alliance. These include Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, among others.

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