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BRICS is the group of leading emerging economies consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The National Statistics Offices of the BRICS produce an annual report to disseminate statistical data about the member countries.

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BRICS Joint Statistical Publication 2015.

The creation of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) initiated in 2006 has been one of the most significant geopolitical events at the start of the new century. In a short while, the association managed to become an important factor of world politics.

The need to begin the dissemination of information about these countries, mainly through a publication with selected data, was an issue agreed on in the BRIC (became BRICS after the inclusion of South Africa in 2010) Foreign Ministers Meeting during the 64th General Assembly of UN, held in New York in September 2009. Earlier that year, on 16th of June, the First Leaders Meeting was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

BRICS Joint Statistical Publication is one of the channels to disseminate statistical data about the member countries and it is aimed at harmonizing BRICS statistical information.

Publication 2015 is the sixth issue of annual publication series and therefore is another important achievement jointly made with common efforts and close cooperation by the national statistical offices of the five countries.

Publication 2015 includes 15 chapters: The first chapter is a summary of the entire publication, presenting general information with comparable statistics of the five countries, while the other 14 chapters reflect the different aspects of the past development and current status of the individual countries. In each of the last 14 chapters, there are two components, a summary table with graphs followed by country tables. The summary table and graphs present the most comparable information among the five countries while the country tables are showing more detailed information as received from the individual countries.

BRICS Joint Statistical Publication 2014.

The Fifth Joint Statistical Publication of the BRICS Countries 2014 is the result of annual joint efforts of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa since 2010 to disseminate several social and economic data statistics about these countries.

The select data was an issue agreed on the BRICS Leaders Meeting, held in Pretoria, in November 2013 and in the 6th Technical Meeting of NSOs in Rio de Janeiro, in February 2014.

Brazil is the host nation of the Sixth Summit of the BRICS Countries in 2014; hence Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) has assumed the role of compiling, printing and distribution of this fifth statistical report.

The content of publication is divided in fifteen chapters: 1) General Information, Economic and Social Indicators Comparison of BRICS Countries; 2) Population; 3) Economically Active Population; 4) National Accounts; 5) Price Indices; 6) People's Living Standard; 7) Resources and Environment; 8) Industry; 9) Energy; 10) Agriculture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry and Fishery; 11) Transport; 12) Information Society; 13) Finance; 14) External Economic Relations; 15) Tourism; and presents a brief overview of the Statistical System of each country.

BRICS Joint Statistical Publication 2013.

This statistical report is the fourth joint statistical publication by the National Statistics Offices of the BRICS Group.

South Africa is the host nation of the Fifth Summit of the BRICS Countries in 2013; hence Statistics South Africa has assumed the role of compiling, printing and distribution of this fourth statistical report.

A meeting of technical experts was held in South Africa from 4 to 7 February 2013 with statisticians coming from BRICS countries and maintained close communication.

The content of publication is divided in sixteen chapters: 1) Economic and Social Indicators Comparison of BRICS Countries; 2) General Information; 3) Population; 4) Economically Active Population; 5) National Accounts; 6) Price Indices; 7) People's Living Standard; 8) Resources and Environment; 9) Industry; 10) Energy; 11) Agriculture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry and Fishery; 12) Transport; 13) Information Society; 14) Finance; 15) External Economic Relations; 16) Tourism; and presents a brief overview of the Statistical System of each country.

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