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BRICS trade has grown remarkably

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News Date: November 5, 2023

The BRICS group witnessed a remarkable surge in their trade activities over the five-year period from 2017 to 2022.
According to a report by Bloomberg, these nations collectively bolstered their economic ties and achieved a staggering 56% growth in their trade volumes during this period.
This significant increase underscores the growing economic significance of this influential bloc on the global stage.
In the year 2022, the combined trade turnover among the BRICS nations reached an impressive milestone, amounting to a staggering $422 billion.
This substantial figure demonstrates the remarkable economic prowess and potential of the BRICS group, solidifying its status as a major player in the international trade landscape.
In a recent statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin argued that the BRICS group has already surpassed the G7 nations in terms of the purchasing power parity (PPP) of their populations.
This claim highlights the rising economic strength and consumer power of BRICS countries, potentially reshaping the global economic landscape and challenging the traditionally dominant position of the G7.

Egypt to trade in local currencies with BRICS

Egypt will abandon the US dollar, establishing trade with BRICS countries in local currencies. Egypt has announced that they are ditching the US dollar in their trade with China, Russia, and India.
"Nothing of the sort has been implemented but there are discussions so that we can trade in local currencies of countries like India, Russia or China," Egyptian Supply Minister Ali Moselhy told Reuters.
Last year, Egypt formally applied to join BRICS and the SCO.

Trump Purges 11 Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board

Several members of the top federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Defense have been suddenly pushed out, multiple U.S. officials told Foreign Policy, in what appears to be the outgoing Trump administrations parting shot at scions of the foreign-policy establishment.
The directive removes 11 high-profile advisors from the Defense Policy Board, including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright; retired Adm. Gary Roughead, who served as chief of naval operations; and a onetime ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman. Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon once considered by then-Defense Secretary James Mattis for a high-level policy role, will also be ousted.
Sources: twitter.com, foreignpolicy.com

Gold is the Real Safe Haven Asset

Gold is finally outperforming the way one would imagine. It's not always about the absolute performance as it is about the relative performance.
As Bitcoin surged from March 2020 through 2021, the market was convinced that Bitcoin was the "new" digital gold, the new store of value asset.
As Bitcoin surged to new highs at each passing day, this became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Gold was seen as the stepchild, given no attention whatsoever as traders chased the greed and FOMO 100%+ returns in crypto assets.
Year to date, Gold is now up 6% vs. Bitcoin down 25%.
Source: thestreet.com

China Paves the Way for Debt Relief

China's central bank is pushing for fair burden-sharing among creditors in debt restructurings for emerging market countries, indicating a proactive stance on global debt issues.
China's recent move to write off undisclosed amounts of Zimbabwe's interest-free loans aligns with its commitment to assist African nations burdened by external debt.
Since 2000, China has made debt relief a norm, providing crucial support to sub-Saharan African countries without imposing strict conditions.
This approach could influence other lenders and boost investor confidence, ultimately attracting further financial support for debtor nations.
Read also: World Bank President:China needs to participate in debt relief

BRICS common currency

Russian FM says BRICS group to consider common currency.
Russia, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa may soon consider creating their own currency within the framework of the BRICS, FM Lavrov hints possibility during a visit to Angola.
Source: aa.com

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