India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum

India is one of the oldest civilisations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved multi-faced socio-economic progress since independence in 1947. India has become self-sufficient in agricultural production, and is now the tenth industrialised country in the world and sixth nation to have gone into outer space to conquer nature for the benefit of the people. It covers an area of 32,87,263 sq km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south.
The land area of Brazil extends over 8.5 million square kilometers, occupying just under half (47%) of the area of Latin America. The country possesses 20% of all the world's biodiversity; an example of this natural wealth is the Amazon Rainforest, with 3.6 million square kilometers. The political and administrative organization comprises three main Branches of Power: the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislative, and the principle of autonomy among the union, the Federal District, 26 states and 5,563 towns and cities (IBGE/2003).
South Africa, with its rich history and multitude of cultures, is a land of possibility and opportunity. Its biggest asset is undoubtedly its diverse mix of people proud of their heritage and the country's remarkable achievements since its transition to a true democracy in 1994.
South Africa is the largest economy in Africa.
The country boasts some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, and features an amazing display of bird and wildlife species, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino).