Global trade war on the BRICS agenda

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa met with China's President Xi Jinping earlier this morning

The 10th BRICS Summit will focus on strengthening multilateral relations between the world's leading emerging economies against the backdrop of a possible trade war between the US, China and the EU.

Asked at a press conference held on Monday in Johannesburg if the current trade war will be discussed during the summit of BRICS leaders [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa], South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu said that "the issue is likely to be discussed, although it is not the main item on our agenda."

"BRICS countries would obviously be very concerned about the direction that our multilateral arrangements and the world are taking, as well as the tariffs that have been placed on particular exports, especially where we are concerned, but I don' t know if that will be a dominant factor at all," said Sisulu.

Lindiwe Sisulu, who will chair the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) of the 10th BRICS Summit, spoke today in Johannesburg about the official program of the meeting to be held on July 24-27 at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg.

Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia), Xi Jinping (China), Michel Temer (Brazil) and India's Prime Minister Narenda Modi will attend the annual high-level meeting.

The summit, to be held under the theme 'Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution' is the first meeting of world leaders held in South Africa has organized since Cyril Ramaphosa succeeded Jacob Zuma as President of the country.