Zuma And His Retinue In India Ahead Of 8th BRICS Summit


India is hosting the 8th BRICS summit which starts this Saturday.

All leaders of the five member nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) would also meet the BRICS business council which focused on infrastructure, manufacturing, financial services, energy and the green economy, skills development, agribusiness, and deregulation.

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Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Goa in India ahead of the 8th BRICS summit which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the Presidency, Zuma’s retinue for the event include;

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor; State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said he is all set and is looking forward to the two-day meet.

”India is delighted to host the summit on 15-16 October 2016, followed by a first-ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit. I look forward to extending a warm welcome to the ten leaders of the BRICS and BIMSTEC families”.

”I also look forward to useful conversations with my fellow leaders from China, South Africa, Brazil and Russia on addressing pressing international and regional challenges that stand in the way of our goals.”

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The 8th summit, which would be held under theme “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”, will see leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) consult on intra-BRICS co-operation as wells as global issues such as international conflicts, fight against terrorism, and reform of global system of governance.

Various memoranda of understanding aimed at expanding the BRICS institution-building agenda and sectoral co-operation initiatives are also expected to be signed during the summit.