BRICS a template for a new approach to global governance: Sushma Swaraj

There has always been an overarching political context for the BRICS meetings which essentially underlines that a serious global discourse cannot be the preserve of a few countries

GN Bureau | October 18, 2016


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There has always been an overarching political context for the BRICS meetings which essentially underlines that a serious global discourse cannot be the preserve of a few countries
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“We have always looked upon BRICS as a template for a new approach to global governance in the 21st century. The five nations represent the voice of the changing world and our approach to global issues signifies a convergence across different continents on the opportunities and challenges that await us,” external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

 
Addressing the BRICS media forum, the minister said that nine months ago, when India took over the Chair of BRICS, “we laid out an ambitious agenda”.
 
“India this time brought a practical, informal and effective approach as the chair to the BRICS. Essentially, we took the BRICS outside the conference room and endeavoured to instill it in popular thinking. To do that, we partnered organizations and activities across the breadth of civil society. We were conscious that the BRICS not only represents a sixth of humanity, but is also a powerful voice of hope for future generations.
 
“It is for this reason that, in line with prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision, we have sought to lay particular emphasis on the people-to-people linkages that will bring our nations closer.”
 
She said that from its very inception, BRICS has focused on issues of development and economic growth, addressing challenges confronting the world and encouraging the emergence of a more equitable and sustainable global architecture.
 
“Initially, its deliberations concentrated more on economic and financial issues. But over the years, it has broadened to cover larger global issues, even as it has promoted the creation of BRICS institutions and mechanisms. Key initiatives like a BRICS Rating Agency that can complement the New Development Bank, or the Railways Research Network and an Agriculture Research Platform that will allow us to leverage our specific strengths for mutual benefit are tangible goals that we believe can take the group forward.”
 
The minister added that there has always been an overarching political context for the BRICS meetings which essentially underlines that a serious global discourse cannot be the preserve of a few countries with a narrow agenda.
 
“While our economic engagement and political cooperation remained key factors, there was a sharp realization that global development and prosperity was very much dependent on continued peace and security. Terrorism was universally recognized as a key threat to stability, progress and development. Consequently, it featured strongly in the conference narrative and its eventual outcome.”

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