Johannesburg: PM Modi to address BRICS Summit today

PM Modi welcomed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the eve of the 10th BRICS Summit

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

India is likely to raise the Triple “T” (Trade, Talks and Terrorism) in the summit. Besides Prime Minister Modi, heads of the four other BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa – will take part in the meeting. All nations are expected to deliberate upon global issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others.

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The three-day summit began yesterday, with the BRICS Business Forum Meet. In his keynote address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “This year marks the decade of co-operation between BRICS nations. 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, Prime Minister 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.

Prime Minsiter Modi has reached South Africa on Wednesday as the the final leg of his three-nation visit to Africa. He had earlier visited Rwanda and Uganda.

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