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ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT IN JOBURG TO ATTEND BRICS SUMMIT

JOHANNESBURG-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Johannesburg Thursday to join about 20 other African Heads of State and government invited to participate in the 10th

BRICS summit being hosted by South Africa from Wednesday to Friday.

BRICS, an acronym for a grouping of the world's leading emerging economies namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, holds its rotational leaders' summits annually.

This year's meeting, taking place under the theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution", is focusing on the need to strengthen the relationship between BRICS and Africa.

In line with this objective, it has been opened up for participation by selected African countries, including all members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

In this regard BRICS leaders will also interact with African leaders on how best to bring about inclusive growth and shared prosperity through heightened collaboration, the South African government says.

Outside of SADC, other African countries invited to participate include Gabon, Senegal, Uganda, Togo and Rwanda.

BRICS was established in 2009 informed by the need to deepen, broaden and intensify relations within the grouping and among the individual countries for more sustainable, equitable and mutually beneficial

development.

Zimbabwe enjoys high level political and economic relations with China and South Africa and has cordial relations with the rest of the BRICS members.

President Mnangagwa's participation at the summit comes just days before Zimbabwe's general election on Monday, the first in the post-Robert Mugabe era.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK