PM Narendra Modi to virtually chair 13th BRICS Summit on Sept 9
With unsettled border issues with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the annual summit of the five-nation grouping BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) on Thursday in the virtual format and it is expected to focus extensively on the situation in Afghanistan. The meeting will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro in virtual format.
The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the largest developing countries of the world, representing 41 percent of the global population, 24 percent of the global GDP, and 16 percent of the global trade. “As part of India’s ongoing chairship of BRICS in 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the 13th BRICS Summit on September 9 in virtual format,” said India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement. This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be chairing the BRICS summit. Earlier he had chaired the Goa summit in 2016. The Indian Chairship of BRICS this year coincides with the 15th anniversary of BRICS.
The theme for the summit is: ‘BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation, and consensus’. India had outlined four priority areas for its Chairship. These are reform of the multilateral system, counter-terrorism, using digital and technological tools for achieving SDGs, and enhancing people-to-people exchanges. “In addition to these areas, the leaders will also exchange views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other current global and regional issues,” the MEA said.
The MEA Spokesperson Tweeted:
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 6, 2021
Separately, the Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said the situation in Afghanistan is expected to figure prominently at the summit. The MEA said that National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, President of the New Development Bank Marcos Troyjo, the ‘pro tempore’ Chair of the BRICS Business Council Onkar Kanwar and ‘pro tempore’ Chair of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Sangita Reddy will present reports on the outcomes pursued this year under their respective tracks to the leaders during the Summit.
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