The BRICS and a Changing World

This July and August, I led an international group of experts in preparing an Economic Report on the role of the BRICS countries (Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa) in the world economy and international development.  The Report was commissioned as an input to the Summit of BRICS countries that took place in early September 2017 in Xiamen, China.

It surveys the BRICS countries’ sizable contribution to global growth, trade and investment, evaluates the prospects for this to continue in the future, and explores the possible role that these countries can play in bolstering the global economy, in reshaping international economic arrangements and in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and to international development generally. An important conclusion in the report is that continued BRICS growth as well as policy initiatives can substantially benefit other developing countries (the report uses the IMF category of Emerging Market and Developing Countries, or EMDCs) – and developed countries too.  I will  be pleased if the report will be circulated widely, and welcome all reactions.

The experts making contributions to the report included Zhiyuan Cui, Martin Guzman, Arjun Jayadev, Inge Kaul, Terry McKinley and Paulo dos Santos. They were supported by a number of other contributors, including Joana Avritzer, Francis Cripps, Pablo Gluzmann, Rahul Lahoti, Neva Nahtigal and Xiao-Zhuang Zhou. Peter Dimock was the editor and Mohamed Obaidy was the project manager. (The report could not have been produced without either of them).  The design of the report was undertaken by Twist Open Innovations. The report was commissioned by the New Development Bank but neither it nor any individual contributor bears responsibility for all of its contents.

Click here to download the report.


8 thoughts on “The BRICS and a Changing World

  1. I came across your blog post “The BRICS and a Changing World” and I must say, it was an enlightening read. You have provided a great overview of the BRICS countries and their impact on the global economy.

    Your analysis of the various challenges and opportunities faced by the BRICS countries was very insightful. I particularly appreciated your discussion of the need for these countries to address issues related to inequality, corruption, and sustainability in order to fully realize their potential.

    It is also worth noting that since this article was written in 2017, the global economic and political landscape has undergone significant changes. It would be interesting to see how the BRICS countries have adapted to these changes and what new opportunities and challenges they face today.

    Overall, I found your blog post to be well-researched and thought-provoking. Keep up the good work!


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