Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Pretoria today on a three-day visit to attend the BRICS Summit hosted by South Africa.
Modi arrived in Pretoria from Uganda’s capital Kampala, the first bilateral tour by an Indian prime minister since 1997.
Today, Modi will attend the three-day 10th edition of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, during which the grouping’s leaders are expected to deliberate on global hot-spot issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others. The leaders will participate in the Summit, in the restricted session, plenary session, leaders retreat, outreach with leaders from Africa, and outreach with leaders from global south.
PM Modi is also expected to meet several leaders on the sidelines including Chinese President Xi Jinping.
PM Modi on Wednsday was welcomed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the eve of the Summit.
This is the first visit by the PM to South Africa after the new govt assumed office there and comes during a year that marks the 125th anniversary of the train Pieter -maritz-burg incident involving Mahatma Gandhi. BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010.