By Paul Nyathi|President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to leave Harare for South Africa on Thursday to attend the BRICS Summit that started on Wednesday which may just be his final international summit as Head of State ahead of the end of his term of office on Sunday at mid night.
BRICS is a grouping of emerging economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — and convened for its 10th Summit in Johannesburg.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, China’s President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil President Michel Temer and host President Cyril Ramaphosa are attending the annual three-day summit, along with several African leaders invited as guests, including President Mnangagwa.
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the event as well although his country is not a member of BRICS.
The summit is running under the theme “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
The theme seeks to strengthen the relationship between BRICS and Africa, which is why BRICS leaders will tomorrow interact with African leaders on how best they can bring about the “inclusive growth” and “shared prosperity” to the continent.
A BRICS Business Forum was held on Wednesday and will be followed by the BRICS leaders’ meeting and retreat on Thursday.