The bloc of emerging economies including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges and underscored the importance of an open world economy.
A looming trade war with the US is likely to be the main topic of discussion and could possibly give the BRIC group added unity.
The event in Johannesburg is for the BRICS emerging economies. The BRICS annual summit is also being attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who received a special invite from the group.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Senegalese President Macky Sall held talks in Dakar, vowing to create a better future for the relations between two countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's four-nation tour takes him to Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa and the island nation of Mauritius where he is slated to seek deeper military and economic ties, amid trade war and waning interest of the US in Africa.
The group agrees to strengthen cooperation against organisations it described as "terrorist" and pledges opposition to protectionism.
The German chancellor said that the world's leaders will need to make compromises so that global problems can be resolved. Climate change, North Korea and trade are likely to be the main features of these talks.
Brazil supported India in its bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
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