BRICS SUMMIT 2021
The 13th BRICS Summit was held under India’s Chairship , from 9 September- 2021. It is the third time that India hosted the BRICS Summit after 2012 and 2016.
BRICS achieved many firsts this year with the cooperation from BRICS Countries on the first BRICS Digital Health Summit; the first BRICS Ministerial Joint Statement on multilateral reforms; a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan; an Agreement on cooperation in field of remote-sensing satellites; a virtual BRICS vaccine Research & Development Centre; BRICS Alliance on Green Tourism and the Water Resources Ministers meet to be held in BRICS format in November 2021.
President Jair Bolsonaro addressed at BRICS Summit. It was his third Summit of this group in the capacity of President of Brazil. He brought to the attention that the Brazil- India strategic partnership was currently at an excellent point in time. He said that several different agreements signed during that trip (of 2020) were yielding fruits today and our cooperation has made progress especially in the fields of science and technology, energy and health care and above all in efforts to fight the COVID 19 pandemic. He further said that bilateral trade has also expanded and mentioned that the common ground of human ties and similarities make for a fluent and very much natural dialogue. President Bolsonaro expressed hope that the constraints of a virtual meeting shall not prevent the nations from engaging in a fruitful dialogue and have a successful 13th Summit meeting of this group.
Honorable Prime Minister underlined the adoption of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan with the agreement on Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation between BRICS Space Agencies. He said that with cooperation between Customs departments, Intra- BRICS trade will become easier.There has also been a consensus with regards to starting a virtual BRICS Vaccination Research and Development Centre. He highlighted that BRICS Alliance on Green Tourism is also another new initiative.
President Cyril Ramaphosa in his remarks said that our collective response has demonstrated what can be achieved when we work together. We must continue to safeguard our peoples lives and livelihoods, continue to support global economic recovery and enhance the resilience of all our public systems.
He urged the BRICS partners towards the need to contribute a fair share to the access of COVID 19 tools accelerator and also support the proposal made by India and South Africa at the WTO for a waiver of the TRIPS Mechanism to ensure a rapid expansion of COVID 19 vaccines production across the world. He welcomed the joint statement on strengthening and reforming the multilateral system issued by foreign ministers in June. He threw light on the fact that we are now in the final decade towards meeting the sustainable development goals, and we must remain focused on the attainment of better health outcomes, while also pursuing the goals of quality education, decent work opportunities, climate action and peace and justice. He further said that we must strengthen our cooperation, deepen our partnership and our friendship and actively strive towards a world of better health, better opportunity and shared prosperity for all.
Opportunities & Challenges
The main challenge ahead of the BRICS is not procedural nor bureaucratic, but to continue to lead with innovative thinking and practical responses to some of the most pressing development challenges of our time. No other grouping has set such an ambitious goal for itself. Building a collective strategy and identifying priority processes to implement it can ensure that BRICS cooperation deepens and becomes self-reinforcing.