Strong BRICS partnership can construct a prosperous Africa – Akufo-Addo


President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo is certain that a strong alliance with BRICS countries will aid Africa’s development.

BRICS is a grouping of the world economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa formed by the 2010 addition of South Africa to the predecessor BRIC.

Taking his turn to deliver a statement on the last day of the 15th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Akufo-Addo reiterated the need for partnership and reinforced political dialogue and expanded cooperation in the fields of economic growth and international security.

This, he said will aid in achieving mutual growth among BRICS and Africa.

“Together, working with the rest of us on the continent and with the increasingly skilled, dynamic and growing youthful population operating under the agency, the African Continental Free Trade Area, I am confident that a strong partnership with the BRICS nations can help construct a prosperous and self-confident Africa,” he said.

The president added that: “Now more than ever, a strong partnership between the BRICS nations and Africa, reinforced political dialogue and expanded cooperation in the fields of economic growth and international security are required.

We have to work together to achieve our goals including a fair equitable process of energy transition which recognises an entire African continent is responsible for less than four percent of global emissions and will safeguard the prospect of Africa’s development”.

He advocated for a fair and equitable system which absence he said has placed developing nations, including African member states, at a disadvantage.

“A system that reflects the new balance, no longer based on who won or lost the Second World War, but on the major contemporary and future balance.

“The contemporary world has moved on significantly from the post-1945 world which gave rise to the birth of the United Nations and the make-up of the Security Council. The world of 2023 is not the world of 1945,” he added.

The President is of the view that economic growth and the promotion of progress in the world cannot be stressed enough, however, hinges on a collective effort and solidarity.

“We are indeed operating in a difficult time. Interlocking challenges, and convergence of crisis we are faced with pose a threat that requires immediate solidarity and collective action.

“It is obvious that the world is running out of time to work together in the spirit of multilateralism. If we do not renew our commitments to build, keep and consolidate peace and democracy all over the world. We have to brace ourselves to live in a new and more dangerous world today and in the future,” he said.

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