Inaugural BRICS Simulation Conference: A guaranteed game-changer

A general view of flags of (From L to R) South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China during the 2023 BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on August 24, 2023. File photo: AFP

A general view of flags of (From L to R) South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China during the 2023 BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on August 24, 2023. File photo: AFP

Published Apr 4, 2024


Dr David Ditlaishego Dube

As the global stage prepares to witness the inaugural BRICS Simulation Conference, set against the backdrop of Cape Town, anticipation is rife among the 200-strong international delegation.

Scheduled to unfold over five transformative days beginning on April 18, 2024, this conference promises to be a watershed moment in the realm of multinational collaboration and economic strategy.

At the heart of this gathering lies a pivotal theme: "BRICS Unleashed – the Impact of BRICS on Industries and Shaping Monetary Policy."

This topic aims to provide entrepreneurs with a roadmap to success in international business and innovation while leveraging the industrial strengths and supply capabilities of BRICS.

Reflecting on the genesis of BRICS, in 2021, economist Jim O'Neill prophetically envisioned that this trade unit would dominate the global economy by 2050.

In 2023, as South Africa chaired and hosted the XV BRICS Summit, the trajectory of this prophecy was confirmed, with BRICS constituting approximately 32% of global gross domestic product and 42% of the global population as of 2023 — surpassing even the G7.

The expansion of member states, including nations like Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates, spikes these statistics by quite a margin, underscoring the accelerating momentum of this economic juggernaut.

The booming interdependence within the BRICS bloc is exemplified by robust trade relations between the member states that have already yielded substantial gains, with billions in trade volume recorded annually.

This heightened economic collaboration not only confirms the rise of the Global South but also challenges the historical dominance of the West.

However, amidst this growth, challenges persist, particularly for South Africa, which grapples with trade deficits and the imperative to attract investments and export value-added products.

Despite exponential growth in trade between South Africa and its BRICS counterparts, imbalances persist, necessitating strategic interventions and innovative solutions.

Against this backdrop, the upcoming BRICS Simulation Conference assumes paramount significance.

Serving as a forum for knowledge exchange, innovation, and collaboration, this event aims to unlock opportunities for entrepreneurs, academia and industry experts.

By identifying complementarities and establishing roadmaps for success in international business, participants will harness the industrial strengths and supply capabilities of BRICS Plus, driving cross-border trade and infrastructure development.

Moreover, the conference isn't merely a forum for business relations — it's a platform for fostering future leaders and nurturing entrepreneurship.

By providing insights into the geopolitical landscape and evolving policies, the conference equips participants with the tools to navigate the complex terrain of international trade, economics, and diplomacy.

The mission of the BRICS Simulation Conference extends beyond immediate economic gains -- it's about fostering a new reality of empowerment and celebration of entrepreneurship.

By recognising the pivotal role of not only entrepreneurs but academia and professionals in economic growth and job creation, the conference celebrates their contributions and lays the groundwork for future collaborations and innovations.

In conclusion, the inaugural BRICS Simulation Conference isn't just a gathering — it's a yet another touch point of profound change within the formation.

As delegates converge on Cape Town, they embark on a collective journey towards a future defined by collaboration, innovation, and prosperity — a future where BRICS stands as a beacon of economic empowerment and global leadership.

Dr David Ditlaishego Dube is a South African politician and author