Mexico, a country renowned for its vibrant culture and robust economy, has been the subject of speculation regarding its potential involvement with the BRICS Alliance.
In August, the BRICS bloc, the coalition of emerging national economies comprising, expanded to include new members like Egypt and Iran. However, Mexico, contrary to circulating rumors, has clarified its position regarding BRICS involvement, or the lack thereof.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador categorically stated that Mexico would not participate in this association, quashing all speculations.
This decision aligns with Mexico’s broader economic strategy, focusing on strengthening existing trade relationships, particularly with North American neighbors, the United States and Canada.
BRICS’ ambition to shift away from the US Dollar and introduce a new global currency does not seem to entice Mexico, which remains uninterested in this de-dollarization initiative.
Mexico’s calculated stance on BRICS
As 2024 dawns, Mexico’s position on joining BRICS remains unchanged. This stance is not merely about economic alliances but also reflects Mexico’s strategic approach to international partnerships.
The country values its long-established trade relations with the U.S. and Canada, viewing these connections as vital to its economic interests. On the other hand, joining BRICS would offer Mexico access to larger markets and increased leverage in global affairs, potentially benefiting its economy.
Yet, the idea of adopting the BRICS currency is still in its infancy. Mexico has the luxury of time to weigh the implications of this new currency on its economy.
The country’s eventual decision on whether to join BRICS and embrace its currency will require careful consideration, leaving room for future policy shifts under different leadership.
During the expansion talks, South Africa’s Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, mentioned Mexico as a potential BRICS member. However, Mexico’s inclination to fortify ties with countries traditionally opposed to BRICS swayed the alliance’s interest away. Presently, under President Obrador’s administration, Mexico’s involvement with BRICS in 2024 appears unlikely.
However, the upcoming Mexican general election in summer 2024 could change the narrative. New political candidates with different views on BRICS might make this a pivotal issue for voters, leaving the door open for Mexico’s future role in this dynamic bloc.
The future of Mexico and BRICS: An open question
As the BRICS bloc continues to gain momentum, Mexico’s stance on joining remains a topic of interest and speculation. President Obrador’s clear position against joining BRICS reflects Mexico’s current foreign policy priorities. However, the political landscape is ever-changing, and with the forthcoming general election, new leadership could usher in a different approach towards BRICS.
The decision to join BRICS or maintain the status quo with existing economic partners is a complex one for Mexico. It involves weighing the benefits of access to broader markets and increased global influence against the potential risks and uncertainties of aligning with a bloc that advocates for significant shifts in global economic dynamics.
While Mexico’s immediate future with BRICS seems decided under the current administration, the political winds are ever-shifting. The forthcoming election could be a turning point, potentially redefining Mexico’s role on the global stage.
For now, Mexico stands firm in its decision, but in the world of international relations, nothing is ever set in stone. As BRICS grows in influence, Mexico’s position could evolve, making it a fascinating watch for those interested in global economic trends. I know I am!