July 10, 2023
DHAKA – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been formally invited to attend the next BRICS Summit in South Africa.
Bangladesh received the formal invitation from the host but it could not be known immediately whether the prime minister will attend it or not.
Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs Faruk Khan today confirmed UNB about the formal invitation.
BRICS leaders are expected to attend the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa on August 22–24.
The summit will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
BRICS leaders will engage with businesses during the BRICS Business Forum and engage with the New Development Bank, BRICS Business Council and other mechanisms during the Summit.
South Africa will also continue its outreach to leaders from Africa and the global South and hold a BRICS Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue during the 15th Summit.
Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh will welcome a formal BRICS invitation to join the group of five member states — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“We will surely join once they invite us. We are yet to receive any formal letter [inviting us to join]. BRICS leaders are thinking of taking some emerging economies — around eight new countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Bangladesh,” he told reporters.