The African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary General, Ace Magashule was the keynote speaker at the opening of the BRICS Political Parties Plus Dialogue.
The 3 day event kicked off in Pretoria earlier today under the theme “Towards Building a Common Agenda, Inclusive Development and Multilateralism in the 4th Industrial Revolution.” The purpose of the dialogue according to the ANC’s Lindiwe Zulu is “to come up with a possible common approach to deal with economic and political challenges to strengthen multilateralism and fourth industrial revolution. It is envisaged that the dialogue will reach an agreement encapsulated in the Johannesburg Declaration.” Zulu who is a National Executive Member and heads the party’s International Relations Sub-committee also stated that the event will discuss threats to member countries of BRICS and will strive to find solutions to rising nationalism and isolationism.
During his keynote address Magashule paid homage to ANC icons Chief Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. Magashule stressed the importance of managing the negative impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) on the unskilled and semi-skilled workforce globally, but primarily in the developing countries. He furthermore mentioned the historic relevance of the Silk route, the Spice route, the Incense route and other trade routes that provided the foundations for global trade.
Magashule lauded the BRICS Political Parties Plus “as an important platform to fashion the idea of an economic power block championed by one of the founding fathers of the African liberation movement President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania of adopting a new international economic order.” He called for the solidification of people to people relations, the sharing of experiences and preparing the youth for the 4IR through education and training.
More than 200 delegates from the BRICS countries, the African continent, Latin America, Middle East and East Asia are in attendance.