West struggles to compete with Asia and Africa – BRICS forum chairman to RT – RT World News
People in these areas are starting to value their own natural and development resources, says Purnima Anand
The West is finding it harder to compete with Asian and African countries as people in these regions are beginning to understand the value of their own natural resources, BRICS international forum chairman Purnima Anand said in an interview with RT on Thursday. . .
Anand argued that for a long time Western nations had attempted to establish the supremacy of the US dollar by exploiting the human and natural resources of other countries and continents. However, she noted, as the level of education increases, people in Asia, Africa and other regions are beginning to understand the value of their own natural resources and their own potential for development, and are now beginning to compete with Europe.
« The competition in Europe that they had between European countries is now going to other continents and other countries », said Anand, saying the EU was starting to lose competitiveness.
According to her, the BRICS countries – an alliance that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are making progress and it is « time to » they can demonstrate their development policies.
The president of the international forum also highlighted how the BRICS group has played a role « very important role » during the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that now, in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine, the BRICS nations are « trying to strike a balance. »
On Ukraine, Anand noted how the situation has had dire consequences for people around the world and how Western sanctions against Russia have backfired.
“US sanctions against Russia are ruining all the traditional rules of trade around the world,” she said, pointing out that Russia does not only trade with Europe, but with many countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
“When the sanctions started, the whole world suffered […] because all transport and logistics systems have just stopped”, she says.
Anand insisted that US sanctions against Russia must be reviewed urgently and that the conflict in Ukraine will never be resolved unless the United States and NATO take it on. « seriously. »
She also mentioned that the EU is struggling to adapt to the changing political landscape due to its reliance on the United States for its policies. The EU has always had « problems of internal democracy » and inflation has long been a problem for the union, Anand observed, adding that the conflict in Ukraine has greatly exacerbated these problems.
To solve these problems, the EU adopts US-backed policies, which Anand says cannot work because different countries require different approaches.
« Every country can’t be the same, all people’s problems can’t be the same » she insisted, adding that Europe has always believed that what it decides and does is « for the whole world ». « But this is not true, » Anand said, adding that the West should really understand what problems people are facing in the world and what can be done to help them.
She said that the policies the EU has adopted so far have resulted in « results that are not in favor of the people », noting that people on the bloc are suffering as the prices of everything from gas to the general cost of living rise.
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