The leaders of BRICS nations have released the common agenda that will guide the group’s activities this year. The agenda covers various topics such as improving trade ties, combating terrorism and developing ocean and tourism cooperation. In a significant change, terror groups such as Jaish were mentioned in the agenda. This would be very beneficial for India, which has been deeply affected by terror activities. The agenda was signed by the leaders of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa. The agenda reiterates that the BRICS platform has been created with the desire to promote peace, security and development.
The agenda mentions that BRICS is focused on promoting development and multilateralism and it will continue to work towards creating a just, equitable, fair, democratic and representative international political and economic order. The agenda mentions the positive developments coming from BRICS such as the launch of New Development Bank (NDB) and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), devising the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership, firming political and security collaboration including through Meetings of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues and Foreign Ministers Meetings, and improving the traditional bonds of friendship amongst people of BRICS countries.
The agenda also talks about taking steps to combat money laundering and financing of terror activities. The BRICS nations will also continue to focus on technology advancements such as those related to Internet of Things, Cloud computing, Big Data, Data Analytics, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and 5G.