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PM Shri Narendra Modi chairs 13th BRICS Summit BRICS is an influential voice for emerging economies of the world: PM

New Delhi ,

   Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chaired the 13th BRICS Summit virtually today. The theme of the Summit, chosen by India, was, BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus.  The Summit saw the participation of all other BRICS Leaders - President, Mr. Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President, Mr. Vladimir Putin of Russia, President, Mr. Xi Jinping of China, and President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
    Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the cooperation received from BRICS partners during India's Chairship this year, which allowed the achievement of several new initiatives. These included the first BRICS Digital Health Summit; the first BRICS Ministerial Joint Statement on multilateral reforms; a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan; an Agreement on cooperation in field of remote-sensing satellites; a virtual BRICS vaccine Research & Development Centre; BRICS Alliance on Green Tourism, etc. Today we are an influential voice for the emerging economies of the world. This platform has also been useful for focusing attention on the priorities of developing nations as well, the Prime Minster said.
   Highlighting the leading role that BRICS countries can play in the post-COVID global recovery, Prime Minister called for enhanced BRICS cooperation under the motto of 'Build-back Resiliently, Innovatively, Credibly and Sustainably'.   
     Elaborating on these themes, Prime Minister stressed the need for accelerating 'build-back' by enhancing speed and accessibility of vaccination, creating 'resilience' by diversifying pharma and vaccine production capacities beyond the developed world, fostering 'innovation' by creatively using digital tools for public good, ensuring reform of multilateral institutions to enhance their 'credibility', and promoting 'sustainable' development by articulating a common BRICS voice on environmental and climate issues.
   The leaders also discussed important regional and global issues, including recent developments in Afghanistan.  There was convergence of views on the threat posed by growth of terrorism and extremism, and all BRICS partners agreed to accelerate implementation of the BRICS Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism. At the conclusion of the Summit, the leaders adopted the 'New Delhi Declaration'.