03 September, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday has embarked on a two nation tour of China and Myanmar. On the first leg of his visit, he will reach this evening Xiamen, coastal city of Fujian province in China to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.
The theme of the Summit is “Stronger Partnership for a better future.” The Summit will begin on Monday morning with a welcome ceremony and a photo-op which will be followed by a BRICS restricted and plenary sessions. At least four documents, BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Development, , BRICS Action Agenda on the Innovation Cooperation, BRICS Customs Cooperation and an MoU between BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank are expected to be signed for the Summit.
“The BRIC, comprising, Brazil, Russia, India and China formally came into existence in 2006 and its first Summit was held in 2009. South Africa was admitted in 2011 and it became BRICS. Last Summit was held in Goa. The five-member bloc comprise 42 percent of the world’s population and 23 percent of global GDP. They have 17 percent share in world trade.
Even though global economic situation, international economic governance, development, national security and other multilateral issues will come up for discussion during the summit, all eyes will be on the possible meeting between Mr Modi and Chinese President in the backdrop of easing of tension on India-Bhutan-China border in Doklam.
On the second leg of the visit, the Prime Minister will travel to Myanmar for a state visit from September 5 to 7 at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw.
Meanwhile, ahead of his visit, the Prime Minister in a Facebook post said yesterday that BRICS has important contributions to make in addressing global challenges and upholding world peace and security.
He said, India had the privilege of hosting the previous summit in Goa in October last year and he is looking forward to building upon the results and outcomes of the Goa Summit.
The Prime Minister said, he is looking forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China. Modi said, he is looking forward to engage with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, hosted by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
About his state visit to Myanmar which will be from 5th to 7th September, Modi expressed confidence that the visit will open a bright new chapter in India-Myanmar relations and help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the governments, business communities and at the people to people level.
The Prime Minister said, he is looking forward to meet President U Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Prime Minister said, India and Myanmar will also look at strengthening the existing cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture.