Investment in infrastructure and manufacturing will continue to be the key engine for the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – to enhance regional connectivity and stimulate trade activities, business leaders said.
Concerning the asset amount, it may be a bit difficult for countries like India and South Africa to be very big investors. China, which accounts for two-thirds of the total economic aggregate among the five countries, should enlarge the investment scale to lay a solid basis for establishing the BRICS economic belt, Zhu Xian, vice-president of the BRICS New Development Bank, said at the International Investment Forum 2017 in Xiamen.
The forum is a major event of the China International Fair for Investment and Trade in Xiamen, Fujian province, held from Sept 18 to 21.
As one of the biggest annual international investment promotion events following the ninth BRICS Summit held earlier this month, this year’s forum will focus on boosting investment in BRICS countries, as well as economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative, according to You Quan, Party secretary of Fujian province.
According to the 2017 World Investment Report released in June by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, China’s outbound direct investment ranked top among the BRICS countries to reach about $183 billion in 2016.
However, the proportion of investment among BRICS members only took up 6 percent, the report said.
Zhu from the BRICS New Development Bank said the history of China’s investment in those countries is still relatively short, and there is great potential for further cooperation.
Chen Jinghe, chairman of Zijin Mining Group, a Fujian-based mining company, said at the forum that resources can play a bigger role in boosting the country’s overseas investment.
Founded in 1993, the company has invested in countries including Russia, Australia, Canada and South Africa.
Source: The Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China