Sushma unveils BRICS India theme, focus on youth

RSTV Bureau
8th BRICS summit logo launched by Sushma Swaraj

8th BRICS summit logo launched by Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched the official logo and website of the 8th BRICS summit in New Delhi on Tuesday.  The 8th BRICS Summit would be held in Goa under India’s chairmanship on 15-16 Oct 2016. India is hosting the BRICS summit for the first time since its inception in 2006.

“Theme of India’s BRICS Chairmanship is Building Responsive, Inclusive & Collective Solutions,” said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

BRICS logo incorporates the traditional ‘namaste’ in the lotus flower. Minister described the BRICS logo as a symbol of ‘prosperity and a mark of unity.’

During India’s BRICS Chairmanship, India has decided to adopt five-pronged approach to further deepen, sustain and institutionalise BRICS cooperation.

“The focus during India’s BRICS Chairmanship will be on enhanced people-to-people (P2P) contacts of BRICS member states, especially youth,” a statement said.

External Affairs Ministry has planned over fifty meetings & events at various levels through the year to promote the event.

Activities like U-17 Football Tournament, Youth Summit, Film Festival, Friendship Cities Conclave, Young Diplomats’ Forum, etc will be held at state and national level.

B R I C S (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) the acronym was first used in 2001.

The BRIC was started the Leaders of Russia, India and China met St. Petersburg on the margins of G8 Outreach Summit in July 2006.

The grouping was formalized during the 1st meeting of BRIC Foreign Ministers at UNGA in New York in September 2006. It was agreed to expand BRIC into BRICS with the inclusion of South Africa and, South Africa attended the 3rd BRICS Summit in Sanya, China on 14 April 2011.

The 1st BRIC Summit was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on 16 June 2009. The last summit was held in 2015 in Russia (Ufa).