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VP Shettima departs Abuja to Johannesburg for BRICS Summit

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Vice President Kashim Shettima departed Abuja for Johannesburg, South Africa, where he will represent President Bola Tinubu at the 15th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government.

Vice President Shettima will join an assembly of global business and political leaders at the summit, scheduled to take place from August 22 to 24 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Prominent figures slated to participate in the event include South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, President Xi Jinping of China, Brazil’s President Luiz Lula da Silva, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The gathering will also see the attendance of seventy-three dignitaries, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the President of the New Development Bank.

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The summit’s agenda will encompass discussions on vital topics such as trade and investment facilitation, sustainable development, innovation, and reform in global governance.

The event will also uphold its tradition of engaging with leaders from Africa and the broader global South, with a focus on pressing matters of global geopolitics, trade dynamics, and infrastructure development.

BRICS, an acronym representing Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, constitutes a coalition of five significant emerging and developing economies. Collectively, the BRICS countries account for more than 42 percent of the world’s population, 30 percent of the globe’s land area, 23 percent of the global economy, and 18 percent of worldwide trade.

The coalition was founded on a shared commitment to reshape the global political, economic, and financial framework to be equitable, balanced, and representative. This foundation is anchored on principles of multilateralism and adherence to international law.

Accompanying Vice President Shettima on this diplomatic mission are senior government officials. The Vice President is anticipated to return to Nigeria at the close of the week following his participation in the BRICS Summit.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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