Modi leaves for Brazil today
Modi leaves for Brazil today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Brazil on Sunday for attending the five-nation summit of BRICS nations on July 14 and 15, which is expected to finalise the setting up of a development bank and seek reforms in the UN and international financial organisations.
- The two-day summit at Fortaleza from July 14
- His first opportunity to meet world leaders
- To discuss a development bank, UN reforms etc
- He will also take up bilateral issues at the meet
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Brazil on Sunday for attending the five-nation summit of BRICS nations on July 14 and 15, which is expected to finalise the setting up of a development bank and seek reforms in the UN and international financial organisations.
After a stopover in Berlin on Sunday night, he will leave for Fortaleza, the north-eastern coastal city of Brazil, on Monday for the summit of leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to be held on July 15, providing him his first opportunity at multilateral engagement.
An earlier plan to have a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin was shelved because of Germany's entry into the FIFA World Cup final, for which she will be in Brazil. Modi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes Minister of State for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Adviser A K Doval, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram. The sixth summit of BRICS, which will follow up on the decisions of the Durban meeting last year, will provide the new Indian PM his first opportunity at meeting world leaders, including President Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia, and discuss bilateral issues. The BRICS Development Bank is expected to take further shape with a decision to concretise its corpus at $100 billion, about which there was a broad agreement in Durban. Discussions are on about the contribution from each member state and where to locate its headquarters -- whether Shanghai or New Delhi.
It will be a development bank which will give concessional credit to members of BRICS and other developing countries. There will be a ministerial meeting ahead of the summit and also a BRICS business council with businessmen from member -countries who will be meeting on July 14 and 15. On the sidelines of the summit, he will also be meeting South African President Jacob Zuma besides host President Dilma Roussef of Brazil. On July 16, the BRICS leaders will move to the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, where they will meet leaders of South America, who have been invited by the hosts on the lines of Zuma inviting African leaders to Durban. The PM will get an opportunity to engage with the Latin American region through meeting the leaders of South America, including heads of state and government from countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
India believes that the PM's meetings with these leaders would further strengthen the already close bilateral relations with these countries and will be an opportunity to reinforce them.