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The global influence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or BRICS, is growing rapidly as they are becoming an example for developing countries, and a benchmark for industrialized countries. Furthermore, BRICS countries have recently taken a major step towards consolidating their development assistance resources by establishing the BRICS Development Bank.

UNIDO seeks to enhance its collaboration with the BRICS while also developing extensive technical cooperation programmes with each country. As such, UNIDO is engaging with the BRICS as a group by developing a diversified range of strategic cooperation activities, also to support other developing countries through South-South Cooperation.

UNIDO's main partners in BRICS

• China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE)/Ministry of Commerce
• Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS)
• China Center for Promotion of SMEs/Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

• Ministry of Economic Development
• Ministry of Industry and Trade
• Russian Technology Transfer Network

• Federation of India Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
• Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
• Ministry of Commerce and Industry
• Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

• Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade Ministry of External Relations

South Africa:
• Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
• Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)