Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 14th BRICS Summit hosted by China in virtual format on June 23 and 24. The summit includes a High-Level Dialogue on Global Development with guest countries on June 24, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
Mr Modi has been invited to attend the summit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced last week that the theme of the summit is ‘ Foster high quality BRICS partnership: Usher in a new era for global development.’’
Prior to the Summit, Prime Minister will register his participation in the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum
President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum and deliver a keynote speech, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
The MEA said that discussions during the summit are expected to cover intra-BRICS cooperation in a wide range of areas such as counter-terrorism, trade, health, traditional medicine, environment, S&T and innovation, agriculture, technical and vocational education and training, and MSMEs.
Discussions are also likely on issues like reform of the multilateral system, combating COVID-19 pandemic and global economic recovery, amongst others.
BRICS has become a platform for discussing and deliberating on issues of common concern for all developing countries. BRICS countries have regularly called for reform of the multilateral system in order to make it more representative and inclusive.