Six nations are going to join the BRICS alliance from the start of 2024. They are; Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
This move aims to broaden the bloc’s global footprint and invite innovation, prosperity, and cooperation from new quarters.
Six New Countries To Join BRICS From January 1, 2024
An announcement made by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, revealed that six additional countries are joining the BRICS alliance as full members effective January 1, 2024.
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
These newly invited members will stand alongside the alliance’s existing partners – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
The expansion process has achieved full consensus, marking the dawn of a new era of cooperation and collective prosperity.
India’s Role and Response
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the BRICS Summit hosted in Johannesburg, hailed this integrative change.
In his words, “India fully supports the expansion of the BRICS membership and welcomes moving forward with consensus in this.”
Making historical connections, he expressed India’s strong bonds with each of the six nations and a firm belief in advancing cooperation and collaboration for a new age of shared prosperity.
BRICS Expansion: A Prime Focus
The BRICS expansion has been a major focus of the recent summit. More than 20 countries have already made their intent clear to join this international grouping.
Such expansion efforts were also strongly endorsed by China’s President Xi Jinping, who believes that increased membership is key to making global governance more equitable.
The inclusion of six new member countries implies increased scope for cooperation, shared growth, and a more influential voice in global matters.
The strengthened BRICS bloc is anticipated to bring about significant changes in diplomacy, trade, climate governance, and more.
With this new expansion, the geopolitical landscape is set to change. With new strength and diversity, the expanded BRICS bloc will explore new horizons and aim for increased integration.