Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led India’s participation at the 14thBRICS Summit, convened under the Chairship of President Xi Jinping of China on 23-24June 2022, in a virtual format. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa also participated in the BRICS summit on 23 June. The High-level Dialogue on Global Development, the non-BRICS Summit engagement segment of the Summit, was held on 24 June.
On 23 June, the leaders held discussions in the fields of Counter-Terrorism, Trade, Health, Traditional Medicine, Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Agriculture, Technical and Vocational Education & Training, and also key issues in the global context, including the reform of the multilateral system, COVID-19 pandemic, global economic recovery, amongst others. Prime Minister called for the strengthening of the BRICS Identity and proposed the establishment of an Online Database for BRICS documents, BRICS Railways Research Network, and strengthening cooperation between MSMEs.
India will be organizing the BRICS Startup event this year to strengthen the connection between Startups in BRICS countries. Prime Minister also noted that as BRICS members we should understand security concerns of each other and provide mutual support in the designation of terrorists and this sensitive issue should not be politicized. At the conclusion of the Summit, BRICS Leaders adopted the ‘Beijing Declaration.
On 24 June, Prime Minister highlighted India’s development partnership with Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and from the Pacific to the Caribbean; India’s focus on a free, open, inclusive, and rules-based maritime space; respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations from the Indian Ocean Region to the Pacific Ocean; and reform of multilateral system as large parts of Asia and all of Africa and Latin America have no voice in global decision-making. Prime Minister noted the importance of a circular economy and invited citizens of participating countries to join the Lifestyle for Environment (LIFE) campaign. The participating guest countries were Algeria, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Senegal, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
Earlier, in the keynote speech delivered at the Opening Ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum on 22 June, Prime Minister appreciated BRICS Business Council and BRICS Women Business Alliance which continued their work despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prime Minister also suggested the BRICS business community to further cooperate in the field of technology-based solutions for social and economic challenges, Startups, and MSMEs.
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