Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (Economic Relations) TS Tirumurti, while addressing the media on BRICS Summit said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India will host BRICS Digital Health Summit on innovative solutions to healthy lifestyle which will seek to integrate digital technology with healthcare informatics and diagnostics.
Modi, who is attending his sixth BRICS summit since taking office in May 2014, in a departure statement also added that India and other emerging nations will also aim to “build mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation within the BRICS framework.”
“I look forward to exchanging views with other BRICS leaders with the aim to further strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation particularly on the theme of the Summit ‘Economic growth for an innovative future’,” PM Modi was quoted as saying.
On his meeting with Bolsonaro, Modi said the two leaders would discuss ways to enhance their strategic partnership. “Brazil and India share close and ever expanding bilateral relations, including in the spheres of defense, security, trade, agriculture, energy and space. Close cooperation between the two countries in multilateral forums has been a significant aspect of our strategic relationship,” Modi said in his departure statement. Modi’s visit to Brazil comes amidst media reports that Bolsonaro could be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in January 2020.
The Prime Minister said he wanted to see an increase in contacts and exchanges between BRICS nations in the fitness and health sectors. He underlined that the BRICS mechanism and processes should be outcome-driven and efficient in order to address global economic challenges.
In addition, since India has been a world leader in film production and technology India will host the BRICS film technology symposium in conjunction with FICCI frames in Mumbai in March 2020. Terrorism has been an important focus in BRICS. Brazil has hosted the first BRICS seminar on strategies to counter-terrorism.