India hosted the 13th BRICS summit on September 9, celebrating 15 years of the multilateral. The leaders committed to fighting terrorism and reforming multilateral organisations, among other diverse aspects. However, the grouping clearly needs better implementation strategies if the agreements reached, are to be truly successful.
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The 13th BRICS summit will be held virtually on 9 September 2021 and India is the host. The grouping has managed to hold its ground in an era of increasingly complex geopolitics. While immediate goals are important, in the longer term it must cooperate on counter terrorism, improve trade and work towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Africa is a foreign policy priority for India, but evidence shows a recent decline in bilateral trade and investment. There is already a "third scramble" for geopolitical influence in Africa. Now is the time for India to make new commitments in the continent: developing and deepening links in health, space and digital technologies.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to India helped further strengthen bilateral ties. The presence of a South African president at the Republic Day parade was especially pertinent, as this year is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a common hero to both countries
TIMES NOW & Maroof Raza featured our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia on their show to discuss long-term India-South Africa ties. Watch the full episode here.
BRICS has grown in influence in its first decade but is still far from achieving its initial goals
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was interviewed by the Economic Times analysing the visits of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping and Indian PM Narendra Modi to Africa ahead of the BRICS Summit. Read the full article Read more
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was interviewed for DD News’ Special Report on PM Modi’s visit to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa, the latter on the occasion of BRICS’ Summit 2018. Watch the full interview Read more
An article written by our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was quoted in a print article by China Global Television Network (CGTN) on PM Modi’s upcoming visit to Africa. Read the full article here.