BRICS Summit 2023 Today: The heads of India, China, and Brazil plus Russia's top diplomat will gather from Tuesday to Thursday this week in Johannesburg for the 15th BRICS Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already left for the South African city while Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Johannesburg on Tuesday (22 August). Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday posted on X, "Leaving for South Africa to take part in the BRICS Summit being held in Johannesburg. I will also take part in the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue events. The Summit will give the platform to discuss issues of concern for the Global South and other areas of development."
Modi said in the statement that he looked forward to interacting with a number of guest countries that have been invited to participate in this event".
It will be the first in-person summit of BRICS comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, since 2019.
From South Africa, the prime minister said, he will travel to Athens, Greece on August 25 at the invitation of his Greece counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
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BRICS Summit 2023 LIVE: Why BRICS expansion is facing hurdles?
A deal to expand the BRICS group of leading developing countries appeared stuck in eleventh hour negotiations at a leaders summit on Wednesday, threatening to undermine the bloc's ambition to give the "Global South" more clout in world affairs.
Agreement to expand BRICS - currently Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - could allow dozens of interested nations to seek admission as Beijing and Moscow push to forge it into a viable counterweight to the West. (Check Latest updates here)
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"...The first rakhi is in the shape of Lord Ganesha. We pray that all obstacles are removed for PM Modi in his work. The second rakhi is in the shape of Kurma avatar...We would like to remind him that he is still our brother and these are rakhis of protection for him."
BRICS Summit today: Johannesburg set to welcome global leaders
As South Africa holds the presidency of the 15th BRICS Summit, world leaders have set to arrive in Johannesburg today. Security arrangements have been tightened at places near the convention centre and the city is decked up with posters and banners of the BRICS Summit.
Tall digital screens featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also been setup across the South African city.
PM Modi will be arriving in Johannesburg in the next few hours. Chinese president Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Lula da Silva have already arrived.
BRICS Summit today: PM Modi to view 3-D image of Swami Narayan Mandir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is set to visit Johannesburg on Tuesday for the 15th BRICS Summit, will also meet the Indian community residing in the country. Sawubonamodiji Welcome Committee member, Naresh Ramatar said that they will show PM Modi a 3-D model of the new Swami Narayan Mandir which is likely to be completed by 2025 in Johannesburg.
BRICS Summit LIVE today: Security beefs up at Johannesburg
A video shows the security arrangements in Johannesburg, South Africa aheadd of 15th BRICS Summit. PM Modi is set to arrive at the South African city shortly.
BRICS Summit today LIVE: [Reduce reliance on dollar'-the main agenda
Leaders of the BRICS nations will focus on ways to reduce dependence on the US dollar when they meet starting Tuesday. China, backed by Russia and South Africa, has been pushing for new members to be admitted to the alliance, an expansion that has stoked concerns the bloc is trying to position itself as a counterweight to the Group of Seven.
BRICS Summit 2023: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives in South Africa
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Johannesburg for the 15th BRICS Summit. However, President Vladimir Putin will attend the summit in virtuall as the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for Putin for alleged war crimes of unlawfully deporting and transferring children from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.
BRICS Summit 2023: First Indian rupee bond on the card
BRICS countries' development bank is planning to issue its first Indian rupee bond by October as the lender comes under pressure to raise and lend more in local currencies.
"We're going to tap (the) Indian market - rupees - maybe by October in India," an official said
BRICS Summit 2023: Why do other countries want to become part of it?
Over 40 countries have expressed interest in becoming part of BRICS. Of them, nearly two dozen have formally asked to be admitted. They view BRICS as an alternative to global bodies viewed as dominated by the traditional Western powers and hope membership will unlock benefits including development finance, and increased trade and investment.
Saudi Arabia was among more than a dozen countries that participated in the "Friends of BRICS" talks in Cape Town in June. It has received backing from Russia and Brazil to join the BRICS. Last year, Argentina said it received China's formal support in its bid to join the group.
Algeria in 2022 said it applied for BRICS membership and to become a shareholder in the New Development Bank, the so-called BRICS Bank.
BRICS Summit LIVE 2023: Leaders meet in South Africa today
Security has been bolstered across Johannesburg where South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will host China's President Xi Jinping, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and some 50 other leaders for three-day BRICS summit.
BRICS Summit LIVE: Which nations want to join BRICS?
Over 40 countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Algeria, Bolivia, Indonesia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Comoros, Gabon, and Kazakhstan have expressed interest in joining the forum, according to 2023 summit chair South Africa.
BRICS Summit LIVE: Major issues to be discussed
Here are some of the key issues expected to be on the agenda.
The leaders are divided over the expansion of the bloc by adding new members, including the admission criteria.
Over 40 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia, have expressed interest in joining BRICS, according to South Africa.
The group is also expected to discuss how to boost local currency fundraising and lending within the New Development Bank (NDB), or so-called BRICS bank.
The leaders are also likely to discuss how they can improve economic ties between their diverse economies.
'FRIENDS OF BRICS'
The last day of the summit is expected to focus on talks with leaders from other countries. Invitations to attend the summit were extended to 67 leaders across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean.
BRICS Summit LIVE: PM Modi departs for Johannesburg | Watch
PM Modi at around 7 am departed for Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the 15th BRICS Summit.
BRICS Summit 2023: ‘Opportunity to identify future areas of cooperation,’ says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence that it will provide a useful opportunity for its members to identify future areas of cooperation and review institutional development.
In his departure statement, he said BRICS has been pursuing a strong cooperation agenda across various sectors.
This summit will provide a useful opportunity for BRICS to identify future areas of cooperation and review institutional development, he said.
BRICS Summit 2023: Will Vladimir Putin attend the Summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the odd one out when leaders from the BRICS economic bloc meet in Johannesburg today. While all the others are set to attend the meetings in person, Putin will dial in on a video call.
The reason? An International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant issued for the Russian president put summit host South Africa in a sticky situation and ultimately resulted in Putin staying at home.
Putin’s indictment by the ICC in March charging him with war crimes over the removal of children from Ukraine left South Africa with a significant diplomatic conundrum.
South Africa lobbied for months ahead of the summit to persuade Putin to stay at home so it could avoid the problem. But since South Africa is also a signatory of the ICC so the country was told to arrest Putin.
South African Deputy President Paul Mashatile said last month, "It’s almost like you invite your friend to your house, and then arrest them. That’s why for us his not coming is the best solution. The Russians are not happy, though. They want him to come."
BRICS 2023 Summit LIVE: Xi Jinping arrives in South Africa
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Africa for 2023 BRICS summit. The state visit will be Xi's second of 2023, after making an official trip to Russia in March. According to the Chhinese news agency, "Xi said that he is very glad to visit South Africa again and looks forward to having in-depth exchanges of views with Ramaphosa on deepening China-South Africa relations and issues of common interest".
BRICS Summit: Key facts about BRICS
BRICS is a group of major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The acronym BRIC was coined in 2001 by then Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill in a research paper that underlined the growth potential of Brazil, Russia, India and China. South Africa was included later in this group (in 2010), and later it became BRICS.
The bloc was founded as an informal club in 2009 to provide a platform for its members to challenge a world order dominated by the United States and its Western allies.
Its creation was initiated by Russia.
BRICS Summit LIVE: PM Modi leaves for South Africa
PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday left for South Africa to take part in the BRICS Summit being held in Johannesburg. PM Modi on the X platform wrote, " I will also take part in the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue events. The Summit will give the platform to discuss issues of concern for the Global South and other areas of development".
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