India chaired the 8th BRICS Summit from Oct 15 to 16. At BRICS Summit, PM Modi discussed pressing international and regional challenges with other leaders. India laid out a stronger emphasis on promoting people-to-people linkages in diverse fields including trade, security, economy, etc. India also organised first ever BRICS-BIMISTEC outreach Summit that brought together leaders of several nations to deliberate on issues of mutual interests and further cooperation among countries in the region.