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About the BRICS

Since 2008, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China — the BRIC countries — have met annually to discuss issues of global significance. At their third summit in China in 2011, the leaders invited South Africa to join, thus becoming the BRICS. The four foreign ministers met on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in the fall of 2006. Their leaders' first meeting was held in Sapporo on the eve of the G8 Toyako-Hokkaido Summit in 2008, and their first standalone summit was the following year in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Since then, the BRICs ministers responsible for foreign affairs, finance and the economy, trade, agriculture and health have met. At the officials level, there have been meetings held to discuss science and technology, national security, competition and statistics.

While the concept “BRICS” was first created by Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs to refer to the investment opportunities of the rising emerging economies, the leaders’ meetings transcend the financial context to embrace a wide range of summit-level issues relating to global governance, such as development, peace and security, energy and climate change, and social issues.

About the BRICS Information Centre

The mission of the BRICS Information Centre is to serve as a leading independent source of information and analysis on the BRICS interaction and institutions. Documentation from the BRICS and research and reports will be published on this website as they become available.

Together with international partners from the BRICS countries, the BRICS Information Centre focuses on the work of the BRICS, and within the BRICS, as a plurilateral international institution operating at the summit level. Particular attention will be paid to the interaction and reciprocal influence of the BRICS with the world, including the BRICS relationship with the Group of Eight (G8), Group of Twenty (G20), and other plurilateral summit institutions and broadly multilateral organizations.