‘Shared pan-African prosperity underpins our contributions at BRICS’
By Tajudeen Hamzat
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has restated that his country would continue to pay pre-eminent attention to Africa and a pan-African agenda.
He stated this while briefing diplomats in Pretoria.
The South African leader, who faces a crucial electoral test in the new year and who presides over a nation that periodically witnesses flashes of xenophobic outbursts against other Africans, said that it is this pan-African consciousness that has continued to inform the tenor of the nation’s propositions in the BRICS grouping.
Also underpinning this commitment is the fact that South Africa is one of 49 nations that has presently signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA treaty.
As at last count however, only nine states had fully ratified the treaty which requires about two dozen ratifications to kick-off.
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa