Venezuela Applies to Join BRICS Joining 11 Other Nations for Application Review at Summit

This week, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro announced that he had filed an application for the nation to join the BRICS economic group. “Venezuela has filed an application to join BRICS and we hope that this application will be approved,” he said on his state-run TV channel. “We expect a positive response from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa for Venezuela to become a BRICS member sooner or later… BRICS plays a leading role in building a new world, paving a dynamic way toward a multipolar world order,”.

TASS, Russian state-run news, reported that Venezuela as well as other BRICS applicants will have their submissions reviewed at the upcoming BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, between August 22nd and 24th. It is not known for sure exactly how many other countries have applied, as no list has been released, but in the past, at least 40 countries have made known their interest in joining. Confirmed applicants (all of whom applied in 2022 or 2023) include Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.