India Begins BRICs Chairmanship

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BRICS grouping Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will be hosted by India for the year 2021. Inaugural of three-day-long Sherpas՚ meeting. Recently on February 19,2021 External Affairs Minister launched India՚s BRICS 2021 website at the BRICS Secretariat.

Importance of BRICS for India

Major Highlights

  • First meeting of BRICS Sherpas and Sous Sherpas was held from February 24 - 26,2021 under India՚s Chairmanship.
  • The meeting was held by Secretary- Consular, Passport & Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs (CPV&OIA) and Additional Secretary Economic Relations.

Theme

“BRICS@15: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus” .

Key Focus Areas

  • Digital Health.
  • BRICS Counter Terrorism cooperation.
  • Innovation cooperation.
  • Economic Strategy Partnership and trade agenda.
  • Cooperation in countering the Covid-19 pandemic including Traditional Medicine.
  • Cultural and people-to-people engagement.
  • Reform of the Multilateral System.
  • Attaining Sustainable Development Goals, using Digital and Technological Solutions.
  • To review the progress made on the discussions and the programme, BRICS Sherpas have agreed to meet once again in two months՚ time.

China՚s Support to India՚s BRICS Chairmanship 2021

  • China supports India for hosting the BRICS Summit 2021.
  • The Chinese President may visit India later this year.
  • China is willing to work with India and other BRICS countries in expanding cooperation on:
    • Economy
    • Politics and people-to-people exchanges

Background

  • Both India and China have agreed to communicate and resolve remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector. This was revealed came during the 10th round of the China-India Corps Commander level meeting (on the Chinese side of the Moldo/Chushul border) .
  • Since April-May 2020, both the countries have had a stand-off along the LAC.

Other Important Summits in 2021

India Science Congress 2021

108th Indian Science Congress was hosted at Pune, Maharashtra in January 2021.

G-20 Leaders՚ Summit 2021

G-20 Leader Summit 2021 will be hosted at Rome in Italy on 30 - 31st October 2021.

Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) 2021

The 38th Summit of ASEAN has been scheduled to be conducted in April 2021 in Brunie, Bandar Seri Begawan under the leadership of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit 2021

Will be hosted by will be chaired by Tajikistan in Dushanbe and the date is yet to be announced.

East Asia Summit 2021

The 16th East Asia Summit will be hosted under the leadership of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in Brunie, Bandar Seri Begawan.

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