Vice President Kashim Shettima is set to represent President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 15th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government.
Shettima, who was said to depart Abuja today, will join world leaders at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 22 to 24.
The conference is expected to host seventy-three dignitaries. Among them are the presidents of China, India, Brazil and South Africa; the secretary-general of the United Nations; the chairperson of the African Union Commission; and the president of the New Development Bank.
“The summit is expected to deliberate on issues on trade and investment facilitation, sustainable development, innovation, and global governance reform.
“It will also continue its outreach to leaders from Africa and the global South; as it focuses on global geopolitics, trade and infrastructure development,” statement from the spokesperson to the VP, Olusola Abiola said.
BRICS, an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is a group of five major emerging and developing economies.
Olusola added that BRICS group accounts for more than 42% of the world’s population, 30% of the world’s territory, 23% of the global economy and 18% of global trade. One of its founding values is shared commitment to restructure the global political, economic and financial architecture to be fair, balanced and representative resting on pillars of multilateralism and international law.
Shettima and his official companions were expected to be back this weekend.