Ramaphosa rallies BRICS: society needs must shape 4th industrial revolution

South Africa's deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa takes part in a press conference after South Africa presented their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London on September 25, 2017 The World Rugby Council will hear the presentations from candidates France, Ireland and South Africa and the Rugby World Cup Board will make its recommendation on October 31 before the final decision on who will host the 10th edition is made on November 15. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

By ITWeb

BRICS countries should not become mere adopters of new technologies in the face of the digital revolution, but must rather combine resources and expertise to become innovators.

This was the sentiment shared by president Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at the 10th BRICS Summit held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Last week saw leaders of the five major emerging economies, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), gather to unpack issues around the global political economy, collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the fourth industrial revolution, among other things.

The theme for this year’s meeting was “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

Ramaphosa on Thursday told heads of state and government that quantum leaps in technology and innovation present enormous opportunities for growth, development and human progress.

This surge in innovation has the potential to dramatically improve productivity and place entire countries on a new trajectory of prosperity, he continued.

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