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By Will Koulouris

SYDNEY, May 22 (Xinhua) -- A leading global expert has said the BRICS nations will bring a level playing field for developing economies and emerging markets.

The expert made the comments nearly 100 days out from the ninth annual BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen, China, from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5.

The BRICS summit brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that comprise its moniker, along with participants from across the globe. This year's event is themed "BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future."

David Thomas, CEO of Think Global Consulting, spoke to Xinhua recently that the BRICS nations have been making tremendous strides in their engagement with global governance, but in a way that is unique.

"The BRICS are going in their own direction and they have got the power to do it, BRICS nations comprise just under half the world's population, and they are now trying to do their own things," Thomas said.

Earlier in the year, the coiner of the term "BRICS," Jim O'Neill, told Xinhua that the BRICS countries are already playing a major role in terms of governance despite the geopolitical partnership being still in its infancy, and wield the same influence as other similar global groupings.

"The way they have emerged, and the whole advent of the G20 was done to bring the BRICS countries into global governance," O'Neill said.

"So, they already are. I think it's pretty clear."

One of the most notable aspects of the successful BRICS partnership has been the level of cooperation the countries have been able to achieve, said Thomas.

"If you think about it, it was only Jim O'Neill's idea of BRICS that brought them all together. I know Jim quite well and he was as surprised as anybody when they started meeting as a group because they don't have natural advantages, or cultural and historical reasons to be a group."

"This is their ninth leadership meeting in Xiamen this year, and I think it is interesting because there is no real reason for them to collaborate, and I think it is interesting because they are."

The cultural exch.