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BRICS India 2021: India’s BRICS Chairmanship begins with 3-day-long Sherpas’ assembly, Get Highlights

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BRICS India 2021: India has begun its BRICS Chairship with the inaugural three-day-long Sherpas’ assembly. This was knowledgeable by Ministry of Exterior Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on February 24, 2021.

Secretary (CPV & OIA) chaired the assembly and launched India’s themes, priorities, and calendar for BRICS Summit 2021, tweeted Srivastava. He additional mentioned that India appears ahead to persevering with productive discussions with our BRICS companions over the subsequent two days.

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had earlier on February 19, 2021 launched India’s BRICS 2021 web site on the BRICS Secretariat at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.

India has assumed the Chairmanship of BRICS for 2021 and will likely be internet hosting this yr’s summit. The BRICS grouping contains Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 

BRICS Sherpas Assembly: Key Highlights

•  BRICS Sherpas and Sous Sherpas held their first assembly below India’s Chairmanship from February 24-26, 2021.

•  The assembly was chaired by Secretary CPV&OIA Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Further Secretary Financial Relations, P. Harish, as India’s BRICS Sherpa and Sous Sherpa.

•  Through the assembly, India introduced its priorities for its BRICS Chairmanship 2021 below the theme –“BRICS@15: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus”

(i) Reform of the Multilateral System

(ii) Counter Terrorism cooperation

(iii) Utilizing Digital and Technological Options for attaining SDGs

(iv) Enhancing Folks to Folks exchanges.

•  The calendar of occasions of BRICS 2021 have been additionally introduced on the event adopted by dialogue and suggestions periods.

•  Briefings and shows have been additionally made by varied authorities Ministeries on  India’s priorities throughout varied thematic areas throughout its Chairship.

•  A few of the key focus areas embody: 

-BRICS Counter Terrorism cooperation

-Agriculture with a particular emphasis on Sustainable Improvement and Digital Agriculture

-Innovation cooperation

-Digital Well being

-Cooperation in countering the Covid-19 pandemic and Conventional Medication

-Financial Technique Partnership and commerce agenda

•  One other key focus space was cultural and people-to-people engagement throughout the three day assembly.

•  All of the BRICS companions appreciated the theme and priorities chosen by India for its Chairmanship yr and expressed assist for the brand new initiatives proposed by India.

• BRICS Sherpas have now agreed to fulfill once more in two months time to assessment the progress made on the discussions and the programme of upcoming Overseas and different Ministerial conferences.

China extends assist to India’s BRICS Chairmanship 2021

•  China had acknowledged on February 22, 2021 that they assist India for internet hosting the BRICS Summit 2021 and expressed curiosity in working with India to strengthen the cooperation among the many five-member group of rising economies of which each China and India are vital members.

•  As per stories, Chinese language President Xi Jinping might go to India later this yr whereas extending the assist to India in internet hosting this yr’s summit.

•  Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin mentioned BRICS had turn out to be an influential grouping and Beijing supported New Delhi’s efforts as host. Wang mentioned this when requested about Xi’s doable attendance on the summit and whether or not the border rigidity would have an effect on their multilateral cooperation.

•  Wang additionally acknowledged that China attaches nice significance to the BRICS mechanism and it helps the Indian facet in internet hosting the assembly and is prepared to work with India and different BRICS international locations in increasing cooperation on economic system, politics and people-to-people exchanges.

•  The assertion comes a day after India and China “positively appraised” the graceful completion of disengagement of frontline troops within the Pangong Lake space.

Background 

India and China agreed to proceed their communication and push for a mutually acceptable decision of the remaining points alongside the Line of Precise Management (LAC) within the Western Sector.

The change got here throughout the tenth spherical of the China-India Corps Commander stage assembly, which was held on the Chinese language facet of the Moldo/Chushul border assembly level on February 20, 2021.

Through the assembly, each India and China had a candid and in-depth change of views on different points alongside the LAC within the Western Sector.

The 2 international locations have had a stand-off alongside the LAC since April-Might 2020 because of actions by the Chinese language military.

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