13th BRICS Summit: As part of India’s ongoing Chairship of BRICS in 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will chair the 13th BRICS Summit on 9 September 2021 in virtual format.
- This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be chairing the BRICS summit.
- He had chaired the Goa summit in 2016.
About the Summit:
- The meeting will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
- 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’.
- The summit is expected to focus extensively on the situation in Afghanistan.
- India had outlined four priority areas for its Chairship. These reforms are as follows:
- Reform of the multilateral system.
- Using digital and technological tools for achieving SDGs.
- 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.
Note: 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.
- BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies which are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
- The BRICS members are known for their significant influence on regional affairs.
- All are also members of G20.
- Since 2009, the BRICS nations have met annually at formal summits.
- BRICS headquarter is situated in Shanghai, China.
- BRICS members are known for their influence in regional affairs.