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Your Excellency President Xi Jinping,
Your Excellency President Jacob Zuma,
Your Excellency President Michel Temer,
Your Excellency President Vladimir Putin,

Distinguished Delegates,

I join 1.25 billion Indians in once again extending a very warm welcome to all of you in Goa for the eighth (8th) BRICS Summit.

I am honoured to chair the BRICS Leaders’ Plenary Meeting. Our exchanges earlier during the day were productive.

This session should build on them and deliberate on a pro-active agenda of action for BRICS.

The footprint of intra-BRICS engagement has expanded over time to include large areas of economic activity.

The scope of our partnership today stretches from agriculture to industry and innovation; trade to tourism; environment to energy; films to football; skill development to smart cities; and from fighting corruption and money laundering to securing our societies.

This year, we have taken BRICS to our cities and provinces and linked it directly to our people from different walks of life.

Excellencies,

We are celebrating 10 years of our partnership under BRICS. A decade of collaboration has produced strong benefits of cooperation.

We are entitled to take pride in our initiatives and achievements.

The establishment of New Development Bank and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement are indeed signature achievements.

In a world of new security challenges and continuing economic uncertainties, BRICS stands as a beacon of peace potential and promise.

Our work holds much meaning for the developing world.

In the past year, BRICS have played an active role in shaping the global agenda for change and development.

Our association with Agenda 2030, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development has been purposeful and productive.

And, we remain at the forefront of pushing change in the global governance architectures.

Excellencies,

While our achievements have been substantial, we need to sustain the positive direction and strong momentum of intra-BRICS engagement.

We also need to add more content to it.

Let me offer some thoughts for your consideration.

First, the process of institution building in BRICS must continue to remain a focus area.

The institutions that we build must support the development of our countries and regions.

They should enable greater flexibility and freedom, and offer wider choices in responding to our developmental priorities.

We look forward to translating into reality the idea of a BRICS Credit Rating Agency.

We must also speed up the work on setting up BRICS Agriculture Research Centre, BRICS Railway Research Network, and BRICS Sports Council.

There is also a clear need to build norms, create structures and pool our capacities to stop tax evasion, and fight against black money and corruption.

Our agencies must also build mechanisms of information sharing to bring to justice the tax offenders and money launderers.

BRICS should push for empowering the global governance institutions to reflect today's reality.

Second, transform the quantum and quality of trade and investment linkages among BRICS.

In 2015, intra-BRICS trade stood at about 250 billion US Dollars.

We should set ourselves a target to double this number to US Dollars five hundred billion by 2020.

This requires businesses and industry in all five countries to scale up their engagement.

And, for governments to facilitate this process to the fullest. Our agreement on a tax and custom cooperation framework is a good start.

The BRICS Trade Fair and Exhibition just concluded in New Delhi should become a regular platform for business exchanges.

And, the BRICS New Development Bank must play an active role to support this objective.

It can also help integrate our SMEs into global value chains. We must also coordinate closely to preserve the central role of the Doha Development Round and the WTO.

Alongside, we should increase our cooperation and convergence at the G-20, WTO and other fora.

India has tabled a draft of the Trade Facilitation Agreement for Services at the WTO.

It seeks to maximize the benefits of services liberalization and trade to the developing countries.

A strong BRICS support to this proposal will be in our collective economic interest.

Third, focus on key priorities of our economic transformations.

Urbanization, infrastructure and innovation represent the key focus areas for BRICS economies.

Under India’s Chairmanship, we have placed emphasis on digital- technology, smart-cities, urbanization, and cooperation between our cities.

The next billion internet users will come from emerging markets.

Our cooperation must grab this opportunity to transform the basic structure of our economies.

Fourth, secure our societies.

In the world we inhabit today, security and counter-terrorism cooperation is necessary if we are to secure the lives of our citizens.

Terrorism casts a long shadow on our development and economic prosperity.

Its reach is now global. It has grown more lethal and adept at the use of technology.

Our response to terrorism must, therefore, be nothing less than comprehensive.

And, we need to act both individually and collectively. Selective approaches to terrorist individuals and organizations will not only be futile but also counter-productive.

There must be no distinction based on artificial and self-serving grounds.

Criminality should be the only basis for punitive action against the individuals and organizations responsible for carrying out terrorist acts.

Terrorist funding, their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off.

In this respect, we need to deepen the security cooperation between our National Security Advisors.

Early adoption of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism will be an expression of our resolve to fight this menace.

Fifth, thriving people-to-people exchanges is the lifeblood of BRICS.

It brings vibrancy and richness to our partnership.

We have chosen to highlight this dimension this year.

The BRICS Films Festival, Trade Fair, Tourism Convention, Sports Council, Football Tournament and other related activities will help in creating millions of young stakeholders that will ultimately carry our partnership forward.

Excellencies,

I am eager to hear from my fellow BRICS leaders on their vision for a stronger, deeper and vibrant BRICS community.

I thank you for your attention.

Thank you.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, today jointly inaugurated the Social Housing Units Project in Mauritius. This project has been implemented as part of the vibrant development partnership between India and Mauritius.  On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers also took part in a virtual foundation stone laying ceremony for two other projects – construction of a state-of-the-art Civil Service College and a 8 MW Solar PV Farm– also undertaken as part of India’s development support. The event was held via video-conference.  The event in Mauritius was held in the Mauritian PMO premises in presence of dignitaries including Cabinet Ministers and senior officials of the Government of Mauritius.

Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the vision powering India’s development assistance – defined by the needs and priorities of our friends and respectful of sovereignty, and at the same time enhancing the well-being of the people and bolstering the capacities of the country. Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of Civil Service College project in nation building and offered to share learnings of Mission Karmayogi. Prime Minister recalled the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative that he put forth at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018 and said that the 8 MW Solar PV Farm project will help mitigate the climate challenges that Mauritius faces through avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth thanked India for wide ranging assistance including financial assistance to Mauritius. He noted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi the relations between India and Mauritius have attained newer heights.

The Government of India in May 2016 had extended a grant of US$ 353 mn to the Government of Mauritius as Special Economic Package (SEP) to execute five priority projects identified by Government of Mauritius, among others.  These were: the Metro Express Project, Supreme Court Building, New ENT Hospital, Supply of Digital Tablets to Primary School Children, and the Social Housing Project.  With the inauguration of the Social Housing Project today, all the high profile projects under the SEP have been implemented.

The Civil Service College project, located in Reduit, is being financed through a grant support of US$ 4.74 million, under an MoU signed in 2017 during the visit of Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth to India. Once constructed, this will provide a fully equipped and functional facility for the civil servants of Mauritius to undertake various training and skill development programme.  It will further strengthen institutional linkages with India.

The 8 MW Solar PV Farm project involves the installation of 25,000 PV cells to generate approximately 14 GWh of green energy annually, to electrify approximately 10,000 Mauritian households with an estimated avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year, helping Mauritius mitigate the effects of climate change.

Today’s ceremony included exchange of two key bilateral agreements: Agreement for the extension of USD 190 million Line of Credit from the Government of India to the Government of Mauritius for the Metro Express and other infrastructure projects and MoU on the Implementation of Small Development Projects.

Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, India-Mauritius Development Partnership projects have progressed rapidly. In 2019, Prime Minister Modi and the Prime Minister Jugnauth had jointly inaugurated the Metro Express project and the New ENT Hospital in Mauritius in virtual mode. Likewise, in July 2020, the new Supreme Court Building of Mauritius was also inaugurated virtually by the two Prime Ministers.

India and Mauritius share close ties anchored in our common history, ancestry, culture and language. This is reflected in the privileged development partnership between our two countries, with Mauritius being a key development partner for India in the Indian Ocean Region. Today’s event, in line with the spirit of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’, marks yet another milestone in this successful, time-tested partnership.

 

 

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