Policy Briefs from the BRICS-URBE Initiative
“Revitalization of port areas: Risks and opportunities for emerging economies”
This Policy Brief provides a comparative look at port revitalization projects, specifically the celebrated cases in Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Mumbai. Starting with assessments of what is perceived as a success in post-industrial case studies, the Policy Brief highlights similarities in the various approaches to port revitalization in the BRICS within the broader context of modern urban planning. The paper also presents current advantages and limitations amongst the different nations and explores some of the creatve strategies being used to increase soil occupation and accessibility, quality of life, sustainable urban ecologies, and alternative models of financing and management.
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"BRICS Cities: Competitive Global Actors"
This Policy Brief discusses recent data on the competitiveness of BRICS cities in global investment flows, drawing on recommendations that public policies be designed to focus on attracting investment and competitiveness of cities.
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BRICS Monitor - Center for International Cooperation for Development
“The BRICS Development Bank: Revolution or Illusion?”
The political and economic ties between the BRICS have increased steadily since the formation of the group seven years ago, but so far no concrete institutions have been created, and there are both optimistic and pessimistic views regarding the implementation of the so-called “BRICS Bank.” Despite the consensus in favor of the creation of a BRICS bank at the last summit in Durban, the paper argues that it will take some time for such an institution to be established, and that, once formed, such a bank may not even match the economic ambitions of the BRICS.
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• Brazilian Event on Nuclear Policy
On May 9th and 10th, the BRICS Policy Center organized an event on Brazilian Nuclear Policy, which brought together diplomats, academics and public officials for discussion regrding issues such as the development and use of nuclear energy in Brazil, efforts to build nuclear submarines and the country's position in the face of international nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Learn more
• Debate: "Democracy, Development and Globalization - the experiences of Brazil, South Africa and India."
On May 14th, 2013 the BPC, in partnership with the Institute for Work and Society (IETS) and the Center for the Study of Integration and Development (CINDES), hosted a discussion on "Democracy, development and globalization - the experiences of Brazil, South Africa and India.” Learn more
• Colloquium: "The BRICS in International Trade" with Dr. Ivan Oliveira (IPEA)
On Wednesday, May 15th the BPC held a symposium on "The BRICS in International Trade," presented by Dr. Ivan Oliveira (IPEA). For an audience of approximately 50 spectators, Dr. Ivan gave an overview of the insertion of BRICS in international trade, providing data on the recent growth of investments, exports of manufactured goods and services, and the different degrees of openness between countries - in which he highlighted Brazil as being less participatory. After his presentation, there was discussion regarding the role of the BRICS group in multilateral trade, in addition to debates on the growth expectations of the BRICS countries in the political-economic sphere.
• Conference: "The Role of India in Global Economic Governance: It Isn’t Easy Being an Emerging Power in Asia"
On May 20th, Dr. Surupa Gupta (University of Mary Washington) hosted a conference on India’s in global economic governance. During the event, Dr. Gupta highlighted India’s current position in international politics, tracing an overview of the country's engagement in different multilateral organizations such as the WTO, IMF and G20, as well as new platforms such as the BRICS group. Learn more
• Colloquium: "Compositions and Multiscale Processes in Urban Expansion: Reflections from Central Brazil," with Dr. Cristina Patriota de Moura.
On May 29th, Dr. Cristina Patriota de Moura (UnB) spoke at the colloquium on "Compositions and Multiscale Processes in Urban Expansion: Reflections from Central Brazil," giving a presentation on urban studies and forms of anthropological bias expansion. Her presentation also analyzed how certain processes directly constrain urban spaces and social life of citizens. Learn more
Translation: Tracy Woodley