Oct 28: On October 27, the 6th BRICS Parliamentary Forum was held via videoconference under the theme ”BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth: parliamentary dimension“.
The chairpersons and members of the parliaments of the BRICS countries addressed the Forum participants. Among them were Speaker of the House of the People of the Parliament of the Republic of India Om Birla, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People Congress of the People’s Republic of China Li Zhanshu, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of South Africa Thandi Modise, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Amos Masondo, Vice-President of the Commission for Foreign Relations and National Defense of the Federal Senate of the National Congress of the Federative Republic of Brazil Marcos Do Val and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers of the House of the People of the Parliament of India Kanimozhi Karunanidhi.
In their speeches, the parliamentarians paid attention to the problem of countering the COVID-19 and challenges that each state is facing nowadays, as well as issues pertained to the development and strengthening of cooperation, including at the inter-parliamentary level (read the speech of the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Viacheslav Volodin here: https://bit.ly/2J9ZXSt). Participants agreed on the need to continue the development of inter-parliamentary dialogue and to find new formats of cooperation, as well as to create a regular mechanism of parliamentary cooperation between the BRICS states.
The main issues of discussions and proposals were included in a final statement of the chairperson of the Forum.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants, organizers, and guests of the 6th BRICS Parliamentary Forum. The message reads, in part:
“Cooperation between representative government bodies is a major component of BRICS strategic partnership. It is only natural that the Forum that unites chamber speakers, national parliament members, leaders of major political parties, and experts is playing a growing role in the public life of the BRICS Five.
This year, the Forum’s agenda is consonant with the main theme and priorities of Russian BRICS chairmanship. You are to discuss many urgent issues of international relations and exchange the experience of developing parliamentary democratic institutions. Coordination of national legislative initiatives in healthcare, social protection, and economic recovery during the coronavirus pandemic obviously require special attention. I hope your discussions will be constructive and fruitful and will help build up multilateral inter-parliamentary ties in all key areas and promote friendship and understanding among our nations.”