Leaders of the BRICS bloc of leading developing nations have agreed mechanisms for considering new members, South Africa’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Leaders of BRICS Adopts Guidelines For Accepting New Members

Agreement on expansion paves the way for dozens of interested candidate nations to make their case for joining the grouping, which has pledged to become a champion of the developing “Global South”.

Enlarging BRICS has topped the agenda at a summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial capital. While all BRICS members had publicly expressed support for growing the bloc, there had been divisions among the leaders over how much and how quickly.

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“We have agreed on the matter of expansion,” Naledi Pandor said on Ubuntu Radio, a station run by South Africa’s foreign ministry.

“We have a document that we’ve adopted which sets out guidelines and principles, processes for considering countries that wish to become members of BRICS…That’s very positive.”

Pandor said the bloc’s leaders would make a more detailed announcement on expansion before the summit concludes on Thursday.