Monday, 17 October 2016

BRICS Report

The two day BRICS Summit concluded yesterday with the adoption of the Goa Declaration. In the 109 point Declaration, the five nations- India, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa unanimously condemned terrorism and recognised it as a global threat. Stressing that it is the responsibility of all states to prevent terrorist actions from their territories,  the BRICS leaders called upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism. They condemned the recent terror attacks against some BRICS countries, including the Uri terror attack in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi alluded to Pakistan while speaking at the Summit, calling it the mother-ship of terror. He said it is unfortunate that India has an immediate neighbour which shelters terrorists. In his concluding statement at the Summit, Mr Modi said BRICS nations agreed that those who nurture terrorism are as bad as terrorists.

Our correspondent reports besides terrorism, putting the global economy back on track was another focus point of the deliberations. All countries were united in their view to establish BRICS Agri Research Platform, railway Research Network, Sports Council and various youth centric fora. The countries also agreed to fast track the setting up of a BRICS Rating Agency.

An agreement was signed between the five nations on BRICS Agriculture Research Centre. Two agreements were announced relating to milti cooperation in diplomatic academy and regulation for customs cooperation among BRICS.

Addressing the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Meeting later in the evening, Mr Modi said a clear message must be sent to those who nurture terror that they will be isolated if they do not mend ways. Pointing that BIMSTEC region is prone to natural disasters, Mr Modi said environment protection and disaster mitigation are areas where BRICS-BIMSTEC partnership will benefit millions.

 Speaking on the occasion, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said all countries must join hands to deal with terrorism and violent extremism.

 In her speech, Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi said her nation wholly sympathises with Indian people with regard to terror attack in Uri. She spoke of Myanmar's struggle with extremism and conflict that has cost many lives. Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said terrorism remains a grave threat to global peace, security and stability. Mr Tobgay said India has over the past few months suffered frequent terror attacks.He said his country stands in solidarity with India and like minded countries in fight against terror.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said peace and stability in the region are important elements for economic prosperity. Mr Sirisena strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and emphasised that his country is firmly committed to join all efforts to combat terrorism.

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said BRICS and BIMSTEC nation must collectively condemn and fight against threat of terrorism in all forms and manifestations. He said cooperation in education and human development sector could be beneficial to both BRICS and BIMSTEC groups.

India and Brazil share a very close and multifaceted relationship at bilateral as well as  plurilateral fora such as IBSA, BRICS, G-20, and G-4. Bilateral relations between India and Brazil have acquired the dimension of a strategic partnership in the last decade. Brazil is one of the most important trading partners of India. However, negative impact has been felt in the bilateral trade following the economic recession in Brazil last year. There is enormous interest in India’s culture, religion, performing arts and philosophy. Yoga, Ayurveda,  and Indian movies are popular among the Brazilian people

Reprot by : Vivek, AIR Mumbai

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