Fidel Castro Stresses Significance of BRICS Summit

Havana, Cuba, Jul 22 (acn) – In his most recent reflection, published Tuesday by the Cuban media, Revolution leader Fidel Castro stressed the role and significance of the recent summit of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as an initiative able to meet the demands of today’s market and fight current inequalities.

In his article, Fidel recalls that the summit, recently held in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, the BRICS proposed improved macro-economic coordination among major world economies, the creation of a new Development Bank, the setting up of a Common Financial Fund for emergency situations, and the support of a multilateral and open trade system.

The group of countries also stated forth their political positions towards current world conflicts and realities.

The Cuban Revolution leader says that it could seem to be one more accord among many currently appearing in news wires of major western agencies; but its meaning is crystal clear and strong: Latin America is the world’s geographic area where the United States has imposed the most unequal system on the planet.

Fidel said that nobody has ever found a response that may meet the demands of the real market that we know today, though we cannot doubt that humanity is now on the path to a fairer stage.

In his article, the Cuban leader says he harbors no doubts that when President Xi Jinping concludes his current tour of this part of the world, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin recently did, the two countries will have made one of the major deeds ever in human history.

The BRICS Declaration, approved July 15, 2014, in Fortaleza, calls for larger participation of other countries, particularly those fighting for their own development to foster cooperation and solidarity with the nations and especially with these in South America, Fidel explains citing a paragraph of the document in which the BRICS countries acknowledge the importance of the Union of South American Nations in promoting peace and democracy in the region and in achieving sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.

Finally, Fidel said that we would only have to consider the populations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as a whole to understand that they make up for half the world population.

He added that in a few decades China’s Gross Domestic Product will surpass that of the United States, while many states are already preferring the Yuan to the US Dollar, not only Brazil but several other important nations in Latin America whose products, such as soybean and corn can compete with US productions. The contribution that Russia and China can make to science, technology and economic development in South America and the Caribbean is crucial, Fidel pointed out.

And he concludes by noting that the major events in history are not forged in just one day. Important challenges and tests of great complexity are ahead.