South Africa has commenced its reception of both local and international delegates for the 15th BRICS summit, scheduled to commence in Midrand, Johannesburg, this week.
Amidst this context, Statistics South Africa has reported a significant upsurge of 46.5% in the influx of foreign tourists to the country. This statistic underscores the strategic timing of the summit as reported by the SABC News.
Barba Gaoganediwe, the spokesperson for Gauteng Tourism, highlights the profound impact of tourism on businesses within the Gauteng provinces. He asserts that the augmented visitation anticipated during the summit will be pivotal in counteracting the severe job losses suffered over the past three years.
Gaoganediwe emphasises the multifaceted opportunities engendered by such a summit. Notably, sectors such as food and beverage, security, logistics, transportation, and events equipment are poised to benefit. He underscores the exceptional quality of the country’s infrastructure, positioning South Africa favourably to orchestrate a remarkable summit. Furthermore, he champions the involvement of the principals and the 15 million inhabitants of Gauteng, who stand as hospitable champions hosting the event.
Concurrently, President Cyril Ramaphosa underscores the strategic discussions that will transpire amongst the five BRICS leaders during the Johannesburg summit. The pivotal topic of discussion will be the expansion of the group, driven by the growing interest displayed by numerous countries seeking to join this influential economic bloc.
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