5 Oil Producing Nations Ask to Join BRICS Alliance
The comments below are an edited and abridged synopsis of an article by ZeroHedge
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, and Iran have formally asked to join the BRICS group of nations as it prepares to hold its annual summit in South Africa.
Nineteen nations have expressed interest in joining the emerging-markets bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, according to Anil Sooklal, South Africa’s ambassador to the group.
“What will be discussed is the expansion of BRICS and the modalities of how this will happen… Thirteen countries have formally asked to join, and another six have asked informally. We are getting applications to join every day,” Sooklal said.
BRICS will hold its annual summit in Cape Town in June. The foreign ministers from all five member states have confirmed their attendance.
BRICS is expected to surpass the US-led G7 states in economic growth expectations soon.
While G7 and BRICS nations each contributed equally to global economic growth in 2020, the western-led bloc’s performance has recently declined. By 2028, the G7 is expected to make up just 27.8% of the global economy, while BRICS will make up 35%.
These estimates came shortly after the Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma, Alexander Babakov, revealed that BRICS is working on developing a new currency to be presented at its upcoming summit.
BRICS member states account for over 40% of the global population and around a quarter of the global GDP.
The interest from Global South nations to join the bloc comes as more governments move away from the US dollar.
The greenback has become more unreliable for dollarized economies due to rising interest rates regulated by the US Federal Reserve and the bank’s weaponization of the dollar through financial sanctions.