AFRICAASIA The BRICS didn’t break out the bank 4th April 2013 A wad of Tanzanian Shillings. Mikkel Ostergaard / Panos Image courtesy of Panos Pictures The emerging countries’ summit reached agreement on a currency stabilisation fund and ministers will continue negotiations on a new development bank Symbolism and messages counted more than the details at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Durban, South Africa, on 26-27 March. So, after lengthy discussions on the plan to set up a BRICS development bank, South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan sounded relieved when he announced: ‘It’s done!’ It was done, in the sense that all the BRICS countries agreed that the bank should be launched but they still had to nail down the important details. South Africa and Brazil had earlier promised that the summit would launch a BRICS bank. So the delegates played down the lack of precision on some of the key questions about the bank.