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BRICS a stabilizer of global economy
In upcoming days, leaders of the BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- will meet in Ufa of Russia for the seventh BRICS leaders meeting. A BRICS group with deepened cooperation will not only serve its five member countries and other developing nations, but also stabilize and even boost the world economy.
The BRICS leaders met for the first time in 2009, launching the bloc's cooperation mechanism. Since then, the BRICS have shown vitality and innovation through cooperation, with deepened participation in global governance.
Now these countries will set up the New Development Bank (NDB). The institution's board of governors will hold its first meeting in Moscow to appoint members of the board of directors and the management, a sign that the BRICS bloc has transformed from a political concept to a real force for reform in the international community.
With the bank's funding, developing countries, especially the African states, can improve their infrastructure, rather than struggling with the limited funds the current international agencies provide them.
The new development bank will cover the shortcomings of the global financial system because it is not intended to overturn the current system, but to encourage investment from developed countries and other developing countries with an open and inclusive mind.
The BRICS has become an importance platform for exchanges and cooperation among the world's major emerging economies. It has brought real benefits for the member states, and also earned a good reputation among the international community.
This new cooperation mechanism pointed to an important trend: emerging economies are playing bigger roles in global issues.
Global economic recovery remains slow. While trade globalization agreements are still being negotiated, the Western countries and Russia are introducing sanctions against each other, and the developed and developing countries have not yet reached agreement on how to balance economic development and climate change.
Under such circumstances, the BRICS leaders' meeting in Ufa has critical significance as cooperation among them will not only benefit themselves but also the world economy.
Although the five countries are at very different development stages, they will still become new growth poles for the world economy.The five have contributed half the world's economic growth in the past 10 years. They have complementary industrial structures. Sufficient labor, abundant resources and large markets give them great opportunities for development.
The five countries are also important players in both their continents and international affairs. In multilateral platforms such as the UN and the G20, they are playing bigger roles than ever before, thus their booming economies can drive the whole global economy through their deepened cooperation with other countries and international organizations.
[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 08Jul15]
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