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CHUNGKING, September 26 (Itar-Tass) — Ways of intensifying pragmatic cooperation and stepping up interaction in the BRICS group of countries (Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is a key mission, Executive Director of the National Committee on BRICS Studies, Georgy Toloraya, said on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of the early conference of scientific and expert centers of BRICS countries. Toloraya heads the Russian delegation at the session.
“Regular meetings of experts from the BRICS countries positively influence the development of cooperation between the member-countries of this association and political and economic development all over the world,” Toloraya said.
Such events “show the importance of efforts to intensify interaction inside the association and work out its development strategy,” Toloraya told Itar-Tass in an interview. He underscored the importance of pooling “the efforts of governments, the corporate sector and scientific circles” of the BRICS countries.
Participants in the two-day conference in Chungking will consider ways of deepening cooperation by the BRICS countries amid the slow post-crisis restoration of the world economy, propose effective measures to solve global economic problems and discuss other current economic and social problems, which the association is to address. Separate discussions will be devoted to the BRICS Development Bank.
Russia is represented at the meeting by science doyen of the Russian Energy Agency Leonid Grigoryev, the chief economist of Deutsche Bank in Russia, Yaroslav Lissovolik, head of the Center for Strategic Studies of North-Eastern Asia and the SCO Sergey Luzyanin, and representatives the Russian embassy and trade mission in China.