Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 23 is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Day 2 of the 15th BRICS Summit. Later in the day, the prime minister also attended expected to attend open and closed plenary sessions in Johannesburg.
The plenary sessions will be followed by a cultural performance and a reception chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The opening day of the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg was a witness to the BRICS Business Forum Leaders Dialogue.
In his speech at the BRICS Business Forum Leaders Dialogue, Prime Minister Modi said India will soon become a $5 trillion economy and in the coming years will be the growth engine of the country. world. Mr. Modi added: “Although the global economy is in the doldrums, India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy.
Prime Minister Modi’s special message in the dialogue is that mutual trust and transparency can help make a big impact, especially in the Southern Hemisphere.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa said that because the country has an urbanizing population and is able to provide a stable workforce in the future, the BRICS countries have an opportunity to contribute and participate in Africa’s growth story. .
President Ramaphosa said: “Africa has a young population that is urbanizing and digitally connected. A population that provides a stable workforce for companies of the future. Invest in skills.. . continues to increase”.
Immediately after the Business Forum, Prime Minister Modi traveled to Summer Place in Johannesburg for the BRICS Leaders Conference, where the group’s leaders will discuss global developments and explore how to use the platform. BRICS platform effectively to address and address global challenges.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attended the event.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in South Africa earlier on Tuesday and was given a solemn welcome at Waterkloof Air Base. Upon arrival, Prime Minister Modi received a warm welcome from the Indian community abroad chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ and members of the Indian community were waiting for Prime Minister Modi’s arrival to greet him with ‘dhols’ outside the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg.
Women members of the Indian diaspora tied ‘Rakhi’ around Prime Minister Modi’s wrist as they welcomed him to the country. The Prime Minister also examined the model of the Swaminarayan Temple in Johannesburg.
The temple is under construction and upon completion in 2025 will be the largest Hindu temple in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s third visit to South Africa and this trip marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and South Africa. Originally conceived as BRIC, a visionary concept coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neil in 2001, BRICS includes Brazil, Russia, India and China – one representative The collective of emerging markets is developing with current and future economic strength. In a major development in 2010, South Africa joined the bloc, leading to a change in the acronym BRICS.
The BRICS are seen as a beacon of economic optimism, representing an alternative global order that challenges the dominance of traditional institutions.
(With input from ANI)
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Updated: 12:18pm IST August 23, 2023