Economist/FCIB Spring Keynote: BRICs Reached Growth Limits, Now What?

The recently named keynote speaker FCIB’s International Credit and Risk Management Summit , to be held May 12-14 in Prague, intimates in a late January interview with NACM that it is unfair and/or misleading to continue looking at member of the BRICs nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) as a group, since the nations demonstrate more and more how little they have in common.

“You cannot talk about emerging countries, like the BRICs, as a group—It doesn’t work this way anymore,” said Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Euler Hermes. “You’d never talk about the U.S. in a regional context with Canada.”

In addition, the nations also are in a pattern where they are struggling, and failing, to maintain its white hot growth rates of the past few years. At this point, the individual nations that comprise the BRICs may have to reinvent themselves somewhat, as notable by India’ s move to diversify the economy and finish of free trade agreements to bolster opportunity.

“The BRICs are so 2005…They’ve reached their limits in growth rates,” he said of over-emphasis on BRICs members by the international business community. “Now the question is how they are each going to handle it. What’s next?”

-Brian Shappell, CBA, NACM staff writer

(Note: Look for the extended version of this story in the new edition of NACM eNews, available via email and the NACM website late Thursday afternoon. For more information on FCIB’s conference, visit


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