PM Modi’s Enthusiastic Endorsement at BRICS Summit

Addressing the open plenary session of the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed unwavering support for the expansion of BRICS and embraced the decision to advance based on consensus. During his speech, PM Modi acknowledged India’s commitment to nations of the Global South during its G20 Presidency and commended South Africa for taking the lead as the chair of the BRICS summit. He confirmed, “We enthusiastically embrace the focus on elevating nations of the Global South within BRICS, under the leadership of South Africa.” India has similarly prioritized this aspect during its G20 presidency.”

PM Modi hailed the remarkable journey undertaken by BRICS over the past two decades, highlighting the pivotal role played by the New Development Bank in propelling developmental initiatives across the Global South. He noted that India had proposed initiatives in fields such as Railway research networks, MSMEs and start-up collaborations, and substantial advancements have been made in these domains.

Emphasizing the significance of technological advancement, PM Modi stressed the need for BRICS nations to equip their societies for the future, thereby ensuring the group’s readiness for what lies ahead. He underscored the pivotal role that technology would play in these endeavors.

The Prime Minister fondly recalled the historical ties between Johannesburg and India, citing Mahatma Gandhi’s deep-rooted connection with South Africa. Reflecting on his visit to Johannesburg, PM Modi shared his joy and highlighted the historic Tolstoy Farm, established by Mahatma Gandhi 110 years prior, as a testament to the profound unity and harmony that Gandhi’s ideals promoted between India, Eurasia, and Africa.

Prime Minister Modi’s arrival in South Africa was met with a ceremonial welcome at Waterkloof Air Force Base, and he was warmly received by the Indian diaspora chanting ‘Vande Mataram’.

BRICS, composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, represents a coalition of global economies. This marks the first in-person BRICS Summit after three consecutive years of virtual gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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