PM Modi to address the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg today

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa today. The theme of this year’s summit is, ‘BRICS in Africa – collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th industrial revolution’.

Besides Mr Modi, heads of the four other BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa – will take part in the meeting. They are expected to deliberate upon global hot-spot issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others.

The three-day summit began yesterday with the BRICS Business Forum Meet. Delivering the keynote address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said, this year marks the decade of co-operation between BRICS nations. During this period, he said, the grouping has achieved lot like the formation of the New Development Bank which fills a critical gap in project funding.

Besides attending the summit, Mr Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of the participating nations, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the first time, a BRICS leaders’ retreat is being organised wherein the leaders will deliberate and take stock of BRICS co-operation during the decade and on its future prospects.

Mr Modi reached South Africa last evening on the final leg of his 3-nation visit to Africa. He, earlier, visited Rwanda and Uganda.

The three-day summit began yesterday with the BRICS Business Forum Meet. Delivering the keynote address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said, this year marks the decade of co-operation between BRICS nations. During this period, he said, the grouping has achieved lot like the formation of the New Development Bank which fills a critical gap in project funding.

Besides attending the summit, Mr Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of the participating nations, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the South African President. India is likely to sign with South Africa, MoUs in the fields of education, skill, health and agriculture. For the first time, a BRICS leaders’ retreat is being organised wherein the leaders will deliberate and take stock of BRICS co-operation during the decade and on its future prospects.

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