Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the 13th BRICS Summit tomorrow in virtual format, as part of India’s ongoing Chairship of the five-nation grouping in 2021. The meeting will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
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 Sustainable Development Goals 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.
India’s National Security Adviser 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 Dr. Sangita Reddy will present reports on the outcomes pursued this year under their tracks to the Leaders during the Summit.
This is the second time Prime Minister Narendra 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 fifteenth anniversary of BRICS, as reflected in the theme for the summit.