Business programme

BRICS: On the Verge of Change

17 Jun , 10:00–11:15
The World Economy at a Global Turning Point
Congress Centre, zone E, conference hall E11

In the context of the growing uncertainty, constant change and global instability that accompanies global political and economic processes, the BRICS countries are demonstrating a strong desire to strengthen BRICS as a cooperative format. The current international situation requires the BRICS countries to respond to new challenges, including the economic crisis, threats to food security, and climate change. Simultaneously, the importance of the BRICS+ dialogue, which promotes the principles of multilateral and multipolar diplomacy in addressing key challenges, is increasing. A growing number of countries are expressing interest in joining the BRICS+ dialogue. In 2022, Algeria, Argentina, and Iran applied to join BRICS. Additionally, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Kazakhstan have announced plans to submit applications, indicating the growing appeal of the group in the global economy. What are the prospects for the expansion of BRICS and to what extent can the cooperation agenda change? Which initiatives should serve as drivers for BRICS development and strengthen the partnership among participating countries? What role can women leaders in BRICS play in shaping and implementing the development agenda, and how can this role be further expanded?

Lebogang Zulu, Chief Executive Officer, AV Group of Companies; Chairperson of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance South Africa Chapter
Anna Nesterova, Founder, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Global Rus Trade; Chairperson of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Russia Chapter

Francesca Giobbi, Owner, Ee Project Unipessoal Lda
Zhang Yi, Deputy Secretary General of China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) (online)
Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, Chairperson of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance India Chapter (online)
Elena Chashchina, Co-owner and Managing Partner, EPOTOS Group of Companies; Member of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Russia Chapter
Lyudmila Scherbakova, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Velpharm; Member of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Russia Chapter

Front row participants
Tatyana Mineeva, Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Protection in Moscow
Kristina Romanovskaya, Owner and General Manager, Lazarevskoye Breeding Farm.