CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES OF BRICS COUNTRIES TO MEET IN DURBAN NEXT WEEK

PRETORIA–The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will host the heads of national Customs authorities of member nations of the BIRICS grouping — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — in Durban next week.

The revenue service will host the Customs co-operation meeting, which is a representation of the heads of Customs authorities from BRICS member countries: with a view to enhancing relations and further improving co-operation and promoting development among BRICS member countries, a SARS statement said.

The meeting will be held on April 18 and 19 and will be preceded by a meeting of experts on April 16 and 17.

The SARS will also host tax experts and the heads of tax administrations of BRICS member nations in June 2018.

These meetings are part of government-wide departmental meetings that forms part of the build-up to the 10th BRICS Summit which South Africa will host as chair of BRICS in August 2018. The South African Government has committed itself to using its role as chair of BRICS in 2018 to strategically plan towards the goal of improved co-operation in the next decade, said SARS.

The government has also committed itself to follow through on the agenda set at the last BRICS Summit held in Xiamen, China, in 2017, to ensure maximum synergy and continuity.

This will be the second time that South Africa is hosting the BRICS Summit, after previously hosting the Summit in March 2013.

South Africa’s membership of BRICS is a vital element in pursuit of its foreign policy priorities, including the promotion of the African Agenda, sustainable development, global governance reform and co-operation, said SARS.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK