BRICS Summit 2018 begins in Johannesburg

The 10th edition of BRICS Summit began in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 25, 2018. Attended by all the BRICS leaders, the BRICS Summit 2018 will be held from July 25 to July 27. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-nation tour of Africa, which began from Rwanda, will culminate in South Africa. Modi is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit.

The main issues before the 10th BRICS Summit broadly include multilateralism, global governance, health and vaccines, socio-economic empowerment of women, peacekeeping, a network of science, parks, and technology, inclusive growth, sustainable development, and infrastructure.

The BRICS leaders are expected to discuss global hotspot issues, international peace, and security, global governance, trade issues during the restricted session. For the first time, a BRICS leaders’ retreat is being organized where leaders will deliberate and take stock of BRICS cooperation during the decade and on its future prospects.

The Indian Prime Minister is likely to bring up cross-border terrorism and push BRICS nations to define terrorism. Indian officials have already taken up the matter with their counterparts in the other BRICS members. India had pressed the BRICS nations to set up an independent rating agency of the five-member group during the first meeting of the BRICS finance ministers and Central bank governors which was held on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in April 2018.

Besides the BRICS Summit 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in Outreach with leaders from Africa and Outreach with leaders from Global South summit. In the BRICS Africa Outreach, the invited countries include Rwanda, Uganda, Togo, Zambia, Namibia, Senegal, Gabon, Ethiopia, Angola, and the African Union Chair.

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