The BRICS mechanism has an increasing international influence which will benefit the whole world, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said ahead of his African tour.
The BRICS summits, ministerial meetings and forums have attracted great attention from media and experts worldwide, Lavrov said in a recent interview with Hommes d'Afrique magazine which was posted on the foreign ministry's website Monday.
BRICS is the acronym for five emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The concept BRIC was coined in 2001 and it turned into a formal cooperation framework in 2006. Four years later, South Africa joined the bloc to make it BRICS.
The BRICS made decisions that usually had an influence beyond the grouping countries and affected international political and economic platforms, which helped forge a fairer, more democratic and multipolar world, Lavrov said, Xinhua reported.
The top Russian diplomat hailed the BRICS mechanism as a model of multilateral and collective cooperation on international affairs.
He said that the BRICS countries will focus on key problems and challenges in Africa with South Africa taking up the BRICS presidency in 2018.
Lavrov on Monday began his African tour to Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.