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BRICS Policy Planning Dialouge
Aug 02, 2016

As the Chair of BRICS for 2016, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India hosted the BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue on 26 July  in Patna, the capital city of the State of Bihar in India.

The discussions shall take forward the Policy Planning talks initiated under the Chairmanship of Russia in 2015 in line with this year's theme of Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions.

This was the first time that Ministry of External Affairs hosted an official foreign policy related engagement in Patna.

The BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue provided an opportunity for exchanges on strategic assessments of international situation and the regional situation of each country and trends therein, going beyond immediate issues of quotidian diplomacy.

The role of BRICS in international governance, ongoing cooperation at BRICS Forum and identifying areas of convergence among BRICS would be a subject for reflection.

The role of BRICS in international governance, ongoing cooperation at BRICS Forums and identifying areas of convergence among BRICS was discussed in some detail.

The two-day dialogue also seek to enhance sharing of best practices in foreign policy planning and assessment between the BRICS countries.

The role of BRICS in the International governance, ongoing cooperation at the BRICS forum and also identifying areas of convergence among BRICS was the subject in the deliberations of delegates from member countries.

The BRICS delegates’ countries—Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa and China participated in the meeting.

BRICS: Originally born as BRIC by former Goldman Sachs economics Jim O’Neill in 2001, it stood for the four fastest emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, and China. In 2006, the four countries initiated a regular informal diplomatic coordination, with annual meetings of Foreign Ministers at the margins of the General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). This successful interaction led to the decision that the dialogue was to be carried out at the level of Heads of State and Government in annual Summits. As of the First Summit, held in Yekaterinburg in 2009, the depth and scope of the dialogue among the Members of BRICs – which became BRICS in 2011 with the inclusion of South Africa – was further enhanced. There together count is over 40 per cent of the world's population and 27 per cent of global GDP.


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