In a nod to the recently-resolved border standoff with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at BRICS pitched strongly for “people-to-people exchanges” between countries, saying that “such intermingling will consolidate our links and deepen our understanding” in a world “drifting towards uncertainty”.
“I’m happy to note the people-to-people thrust is being taken forward, such intermingling will consolidate our links and deepen our understanding,” said Modi in his much anticipated address at the annual BRICS meet in Xiamen, China.
“Cooperation is important for peace and development, BRICS has developed a robust framework for cooperation; (it) contributes stability and growth in a world drifting towards uncertainty,” the PM added.
While he made no reference to the 75-day long standoff with China on the border at Doklam, the PM’s focus on a better understanding between the peoples of nations made clear his stance that India is a strong peace advocate and promoter.
Towards this end, he also advocated further strengthening BRICS members’ capabilities and promoting cooperation between them. The PM similarly advocated using the BRICS members’ demographic dividend in the pursuit of peace.
“We need to mainstream our youth in our joint initiatives; scale up cooperation in skill development and exchange of best practices,” said the PM.
He advocated an inclusive development agenda, by urging the early creation of a BRICS rating agency that will cater to financing the needs of sovereign and corporate entities in developing countries.
“Our Central Banks must further strengthen their capabilities and promote co-operation between the Contingent Reserve Arrangement & the IMF (International Monetary Fund),” he said.
In this connection, the PM also said he’s happy the New Development Bank has started disbursing loans to enable mobilising sources of infrastructure and sustainable development in BRICS countries.
“Affordable, reliable and sustainable access to energy is crucial for development of our nations. Renewable energy is particularly important,” stressed the PM.
Speaking of his government’s initiatives within India, he said his administration is in “mission-mode to eradicate poverty; to ensure health, sanitation, skills, food security, gender equality, energy (and) education.” He made a special note of women empowerment programmes.
“Our women’s empowerment programmes are productivity multipliers that mainstream women in nation building,” said PM Modi.
In his address, PM Modi also thanked President Xi Jinping for “a warm reception and excellent organisation of the (BRICS) summit” in Xiamen, China.
As carried in timesofindia on 4.9.2017