RIO DE JANEIRO, March 25. /TASS/. The 11th BRICS summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will be held on November 13-14 in the city of Brasilia, the Brazilian chairmanship in the association reported on its website.
The state and government leaders of the BRICS countries will meet in the Itamaraty Palace, where the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located. The Brazilian capital will host the BRICS summit for the second time already. Last time the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China met there in 2010 in a four-party format (South Africa officially acceded to BRICS in 2011 during a summit in the city of Sanya, China - TASS).
The main theme of the Brazilian chairmanship in the association was formulated as follows: "Economic growth for innovative future." Among the priorities stated by Brasilia is scientific-technical and innovative cooperation, digital economy, the fight against organized crime and money laundering, and the consolidation of cooperation within the BRICS Business Council and the BRICS New Development Bank.
BRICS is an informal association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The state leaders have held regular summits since 2009. Since 2013, the chairing country has also invited states close to it geographically and geopolitically to the summits. The last such meeting was held in July 2018 in Johannesburg.
Apart from the summits, negotiations between the BRICS foreign, finance, health, education, science and agriculture ministers and secretaries of security councils are also held. The meetings focus on such issues as energy efficiency, climate change, food safety, the fight against poverty, a stable development and the activity of international financial institutions.