Geingob attends BRICS summit

Stefanus Nashama

President Hage Geingob has left Namibia to attend and participate in the BRICS-Africa Outreach and the BRICS Plus Dialogues in Johannesburg, South Africa.

According to Presidential Spokesperson, Alfredo Hengari, the summit is running for three days and has already started on Tuesday. The summit will end today.

Hengari indicated that the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue focuses on drawing continuity and building from the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogues, which have been convened in the past.

He said the sub-theme for this year’s summit is “Working towards the realisation of the African Aspiration”.

BRICS is a group of five countries with emerging economies that want to instate their own world economic and trade systems, and they have discussed creating a new currency.

It includes countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and Southeast Africa.

Hengari stated that the BRICS-Africa Outreach and the BRICS Plus Dialogues South Africa has elected to invite leaders from nine different African countries including Geingob, in his capacity as the outgoing Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika.

Last week, Geingob handed over the SADC Chairmanship responsibility to his counterpart Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema.

Hengari also explained that on the margins of the BRICS-Africa Outreach and the BRICS Plus Dialogues, to strengthen Namibia’s economic diplomacy, Geingob will have a bilateral meeting with Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, Xi Jinping, President of China, and Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius.

Today, Geingob is expected to deliver a statement at the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue hosted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Xi Jinping under the theme: “Promoting African integration and jointly building a high-level China-Africa community with a shared future”.

“In-depth exchanges on the ways to work together to advance their modernisation and foster a peaceful, just, and open environment for development will also be discussed between Africa and China during this dialogue, he stated.

Geingob is expected to return back home tomorrow, 25 August 2023.

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