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BRICS Summit 2023: India Believes In ‘Make In India, Make For The World, Says PM Modi At The Leaders' Retreat

The 15th edition of the BRICS Summit this year is the first in-person leaders' meet after three consecutive years of virtual meetings because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before attending the leaders retreat, PM Modi also delivered a speech at the BRICS Business Forum Leaders' Dialogue on Tuesday.

PM Modi with South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday
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After attending the business forum meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday also attended the BRICS Leaders Retreat and deliberated on global developments with other leaders of the five-member bloc.PM Modi on Tuesday embarked on a four-day visit to South Africa and Greece and the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg from August 22-24 is an integral part of his tour, which he is attending at the invitation of the country's President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.

The 15th edition of the BRICS Summit this year is the first in-person leaders' meet after three consecutive years of virtual meetings because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Reinforcing the intra-BRICS bonds! PM @narendramodi arrives at the Summer Place to participate in the BRICS Leaders Retreat. Warmly greeted by the host, President @CyrilRamaphosa of South Africa," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

"PM, along with other BRICS leaders will deliberate on global developments and leveraging the BRICS platform to find solutions to global challenges," he said.

PM Modi at the Business Forum meeting

Before the leaders retreat, PM Modi also delivered a speech at the BRICS Business Forum Leaders' Dialogue on Tuesday.

"BRICS Business Forum gave me an opportunity to highlight India's growth trajectory and the steps taken to boost 'Ease of Doing Business' and public service delivery", the prime minister said while also focusing on India's strides in digital payments, infrastructure creation, the world of StartUps and more.

"India believes in ‘Make in India, Make for the World.’ Over the last few years we have made immense strides in IT, semiconductors and other such futuristic sectors. Our economic vision also places immense importance on empowerment of women," Modi posted on X.

Xi Jinping failed to attend Business Forum meet 

Meanwhile, seceral media reports from Johannesburg stated that the Chinese President Xi Jinping failed to show up at the BRICS Business Forum on Tuesday in South Africa. Instread, Commerce Minister Wang Wentao read the speech that criticised the US over its tendency toward “hegemony”.

Xi, in the speech read by Wang at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, said the US tended to fight countries that threaten its dominance in global affairs and financial markets.

The speech said that every country has a right to development and that people should have the freedom to pursue a happy life.

But one country is “obsessed with maintaining hegemony, has gone out of its way to cripple the emerging markets and developing countries”, he said in a veiled swipe at the US.

“Whoever develops first becomes their target of containment. Whoever is catching up becomes its target of obstruction,” Xi added.

Although he had arrived in South Africa on Monday evening, Xi skipped the business forum and no explanation was given, the report said. 

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