BRICS 9th Parliamentary Forum Begins: What it Means

Joshua Ramos
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The newly expanded BRICS alliance is set to begin its 9th Parliamentary Forum in South Africa. Indeed, the economic alliance is poised to gather for an event that could have some important developments. So, just what does it mean for the bloc and its continued establishment?

The forum is setting off in Johannesburg, the same location as the 2023 Annual Summit. Moreover, it will feature 250 parliamentarians from the BRICS nations. Specifically, this will feature representatives from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

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BRICS Parliamentary Forum Kicks Off With Eyes Toward Collaboration

All eyes have been fixed on the developing BRICS bloc for much of the last few months. Specifically, the geopolitical sector observed the ramifications of the long-anticipated expansion of the bloc. Subsequently, its 2023 summit saw the alliance invite six new countries. Those countries included Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Now, the BRICS bloc is set to kick off its 9th parliamentary forum in South Africa. There, 250 representatives from the five BRICS nations will gather. Moreover, they will arrive at a plan to strengthen interbloc relations between different groups of parliamentarians. 

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Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, during the South Africa Investment Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

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Currently, the bloc is set to feature just the original five members. However, this will be the final forum that takes place with these countries alone. Starting next year, an additional six nations will join. Subsequently presenting the 10th forum that features the 11 BRICS nations in total.

TV BRICS reported that this forum will specifically focus on multilateralism and deepening the BRICS partnership with Africa. Specifically, focusing on the “accelerated implementation of the African free-trade agreement.” Indeed, Africa has remained a prioritized collaborator for BRICS, and that should continue with this upcoming forum.