BRICS Business Council is set to meet in KwaZulu-Natal
THE BRICS Business Council to be held in KwaZulu-Natal this month “is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Durban” according to Dr Iqbal Survé, chairman of the South African chapter of the council.
BRICS membership is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The BRICS Business Council is set to meet in KwaZulu-Natal from July 22-23, before the 10th BRICS summit in Gauteng from July 25-27.
With 100 dollar billionaires coming to Durban, this was an opportunity to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa’s $100 billion investment goal to boost the economy, said Survé. “There will be a special three-hour meeting where the special envoys have been invited, and South Africa, will present the case for inward investment in the country and southern Africa.
“We will have massive corporates and they will have the opportunity to look at South Africa as an investment destination.”
Survé said for developing countries it was crucial that the global economy was not dominated by one or two countries.
“It is very important for South Africa as a country and in our position in Africa as a region to have a new voice in the new world.
“Trade will be about who is going to dominate technology in the future. It is crucial for the country to build its technology sector.”
Dr Survé said he remained passionate about empowering young South Africans and ensuring they acquired the skills to thrive in the technology sector.
Through BRICS, co-operation in the areas of science, technology and innovation had been encouraged through various initiatives. Recently, a BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Co-operation (2017-20) was formalised to allow practical mechanisms to be implemented.
Survé said 66% of South Africa’s population was under the age of 35, and 60% of these young South Africans were unemployed. “We need to use this technology skills transfer to upskill young people because they are dynamic and all they need is an opportunity to develop their skills. Through BRICS, Africa has an opportunity to become a global technology base.”
Dr Survé said for this to happen there needed to be an injection in capital, and for technological skills to be transferred to developing countries.
“The Americans and Europeans are not willing to share this knowledge and it is up to the BRICS countries to grow this sector that will lead to technological advancements. This will allow for service economies and technology-driven economies.”
Sihle Zikalala, the KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said KZN would be offered the platform to present opportunities for investment at a number of sessions.