Indonesia's Deliberation on BRICS Membership: Jokowi's Perspective


Indonesia's Deliberation on BRICS Membership: Jokowi's Perspective

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has revealed that Indonesia is carefully considering its potential inclusion in the BRICS group, an alliance of emerging economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.


"We are taking our time," he emphasized following his participation in the 15th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, as confirmed in a video statement released by the Presidential Secretariat. The summit spanned from August 22 to 24, 2023.


Indonesia maintains robust diplomatic ties with the BRICS nations, particularly in economic spheres, according to President Jokowi.


Elaborating on the process of joining BRICS, Jokowi explained that Indonesia would initiate the membership pursuit by expressing formal interest through a letter to the bloc.


However, Indonesia has not yet dispatched such a letter.


Speaking during his presence at the BRICS Summit, where he received a formal invitation, Jokowi underscored the existing global economic structure's profound imbalance. He highlighted the widening development gap and the escalating numbers of marginalized and undernourished populations.


He appealed for unity among developing nations, urging for a cooperative framework that fosters inclusivity and equality. Jokowi proposed that BRICS could spearhead efforts toward equitable development and the reformation of global governance for enhanced fairness.


Furthermore, the President emphasized that developing nations should stand united to safeguard their rights. He condemned any form of trade bias and insisted on unobstructed growth within downstream industries.


Notably, BRICS recently welcomed six new member states into its fold: Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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