BRICS under Russia’s presidency in 2024 has officially commenced with the initial gathering of Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas from January 30th to February 1st. This first meeting of the year saw the inclusion of new member countries – Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. The meeting was marked by collaborative efforts in shaping the agenda and developing a comprehensive plan of activities to be conducted within the Russian Federation.
The participation of the new member countries reflects the growing influence and significance of the BRICS alliance on the global stage. The addition of these countries signifies a broader representation of diverse geopolitical interests within the group, allowing for a more comprehensive approach to addressing global challenges and advancing cooperation on various fronts.
The meeting of Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas served as a platform for delegates to engage in extensive discussions and negotiations, focusing on key areas of mutual interest such as economic development, security, governance, and sustainability. The diverse perspectives brought forth by the new member countries enriched the dialogue and contributed to the formulation of an inclusive and forward-thinking agenda for the upcoming BRICS activities.
In line with the theme of inclusivity and collaboration, the meeting emphasized the importance of fostering partnerships beyond the BRICS alliance. The involvement of Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia underscored the commitment to engaging with a wider network of nations to promote unity and solidarity in addressing shared global challenges.
The representatives of the new member countries highlighted their respective priorities and areas of expertise, offering valuable insights that will inform the collective endeavors of the BRICS alliance. Their active participation reaffirmed their dedication to contributing to the common goals of promoting peace, stability, and sustainable development.
The discussions during the meeting also underscored the need for enhancing cooperation in critical areas such as trade, investment, technology, and innovation. The delegates recognized the potential for collaboration in these domains to drive economic growth and create new opportunities for mutual benefit. Emphasis was placed on exploring innovative approaches to leveraging the collective strengths of the BRICS alliance and the new member countries.
As the host of the BRICS presidency in 2024, Russia has taken the lead in facilitating constructive dialogue and promoting consensus-building among the participating countries. The meeting of Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas laid the groundwork for a series of upcoming events and initiatives that will be instrumental in advancing the collective agenda of the BRICS alliance under Russia’s stewardship.
Looking ahead, the BRICS alliance, with the inclusion of new member countries, is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the global agenda and fostering greater cooperation among nations. The collaborative spirit and commitment demonstrated during the first meeting of Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas will set the tone for a year of meaningful engagement and impactful outcomes within the BRICS framework. With collective efforts and shared vision, the BRICS alliance is well-positioned to make significant strides in addressing complex global challenges and shaping a more inclusive and sustainable future for all.