13th BRICS Summit to address Afghan crisis, multilateral system reform, and terrorism countermeasures

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the 13th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Summit in virtual format on September 9 as part of India’s ongoing chairship of BRICS in 2021, according to a statement from the MEA. The 13th BRICS Summit is expected to devote a significant amount of time to the situation in Afghanistan. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will attend the meeting.

For the BRICS @ 15, Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation, and Consensus is the theme for the Summit, which will be chaired by India. The BRICS group brings together five of the world’s largest developing countries, accounting for 41% of global population, 24% of global GDP, and 16% of global trade. The BRICS summit will be chaired by Prime Minister Modi for the second time. He had previously chaired the Goa summit in 2016. The Indian presidency of BRICS this year coincides with the group’s 15th anniversary.

For its Chairship, India had identified four priority areas. Reform of the multilateral system, counter-terrorism, and the use of digital and technological tools to achieve the SDGs, as well as improving people-to-people exchanges, are among them. Separately, Russia’s Ambassador to
India, Nikolay Kudashev, stated that the situation in Afghanistan is likely to be a major topic of discussion at the summit.

According to the MEA, NSA Ajit Doval, President of the New Development Bank Marcos Troyjo, ‘pro tempore’ Chair of the BRICS Business Council Onkar Kanwar, and ‘pro tempore’ Chair of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Sangita Reddy will present reports to the leaders during the Summit on the outcomes pursued this year under their respective tracks.

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