BRICS Feedback Session on the Outcomes of the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa

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The Embassy along with other BRICS Embassies in Astana organised a BRICS Feedback Session on the “Outcomes of the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa on 15th-16th October, 2016” at KAZGUU University on 29th November, 2016. Vice Rector of the University Mr. Miras Daulenov welcomed the guests.


Ambassador of India Shri Harsh Jain chaired the Session and spoke on the Overview of the Summit Outcomes and the Outreach summit. He said that India’s BRICS Chairmanship in 2016 added a new dimension to BRICS brand by making it a people’s movement by organizing various people centric activities spread across 22 states of India. He underscored that the Goa Declaration that contains the outcomes of the BRICS leaders’ discussions lays down a comprehensive vision of cooperation and coordination within BRICS and on international issues.


He mentioned the unprecedented condemnation of terrorism, expressing readiness to support an international convention against chemical and biological terrorism, agreement on increase in representation of developing countries in the UN Security Council and recognition of the role of nuclear energy in meeting the Paris climate change commitments as some of the main achievements of the Summit. He stated that the outreach summit with BIMSTEC highlighted the potential for cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, connectivity, trade, energy, investment, digital economy, counter terrorism and regional integration.


In his presentation on “Political and Security Cooperation”, Ambassador of Russia Mr. Mikhail Bocharnikov said that the BRICS group is currently cooperating not only in the economic, but also in the political sphere and its member states established close coordination within the United Nations and other regional and international fora on various issues. He stated that the BRICS member states are intensifying joint efforts to enhance security in the sphere of information and communication technology (ICT), and combating the use of ICT for criminal and terrorism purposes.


In his presentation on “Cooperation on Sustainable Development and Outreach Component”, Ambassador of South Africa Mr. Shirish M. Soni said that the Goa Declaration reiterated the BRICS leaders’ support and solidarity with the African Continent, citing Agenda 2063 and its articulation of development, peace and security agenda of the continent. He highlighted the various customary and sectoral meetings organized by India prior to and on the margins of the Summit, as part of promotion of attainment of sustainable development goals.


In his presentation on “Economic Cooperation and BRICS Institutions”, Head of Trade and Investment Department of the Embassy of Brazil Mr. Carlos Serapiao gave an update on the New Development Bank (NDB) and the Contingent Reserves Arrangement (CRA).


Ambassador of China H.E. Mr. Zhang Hanhui made a presentation on “Way Forward and Vision of Forthcoming BRICS Presidency”. He reaffirmed that during its BRICS chairmanship in 2017, China would strive to create open economy; strengthen dialogue between the North and the South; promote global economy to accomplish dynamic, stable, balanced and inclusive growth; jointly address global challenges; advocate political resolution in hot spots; jointly respond to natural disasters, climate change, infectious diseases, terrorism and other global concerns; contribute to long-lasting international security and stability; and develop NDB and CRA.


Deputy Director in the Asia and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Zhan Kystaubayev represented the Government of Kazakhstan and read out the speech of Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Akylbek Kamaldinov: “Kazakhstan welcomes the 8th BRICS summit held in Goa. Kazakhstan is maintaining close and friendly bilateral relations with each of the BRICS countries. As member of the SCO and EEU, Kazakhstan will continue enhanced cooperation with BRICS. Friendly ties among our countries demonstrate the unity and solidarity of the majority of global population. We are sure that linking of the expertise of these three international platforms will play a significant role in resolving today’s global challenges”.


The presentations were followed by a Question and Answer session. About 120 diplomats, government officials, representatives of media, think tanks, academics and students attended the Feedback Session.


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