Does an expanded BRICS mean anything?
Jim O’Neill | 25 August 2023
When I coined the BRIC acronym back in 2001, my primary point was that global governance would need to adjust to incorporate the world’s largest emerging economies. Not only did Brazil, Russia, India, and China top the list of that cohort, they also were collectively responsible for governing close to half of the world’s population. It stood to reason that they should be represented accordingly.
Over the past two decades, some have misread my initial paper as a kind of investment thesis, while others have interpreted it as an endorsement of the BRICS (South Africa was added in 2010) as a political grouping. But I n...