Russia will use the BRICS chairship to continue to build on the work done by the institution and introduce new initiatives, said Dmitry Zudin, head of foreign policy of the Russian embassy in South Africa on Thursday.
Russia will state their priority areas officially during the handover of the chair ship this month, said Zudin at a seminar to unpack Brazil’s 2019 chairship and BRICS priorities and expectations.
“We are excited to be the next chair. We will continue to build on what Brazil and other BRICS countries had been working on. We will also elaborate on peace keeping, transnational organized crimes, and terrorism. We will focus on money laundering and terrorism funding,” said Zudin.
He pointed out that they will keep up with the BRICS custom of inviting other non-members to attend the summit.
Bruno Carvalho Arruda, Point of Contact for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and BRICS at the Embassy of Brazil, said they are happy that they made positive contribution as the chair of the bloc.
Arruda said the achievements of BRICS during their tenure “exceeded their expectations”.
He said, “BRICS worked to step up cooperation in fighting organized crimes, corruption and asset recovery. We saw memorandum of understanding in their areas, milk bank and fighting tuberculosis. This would have an impact on the deaths of the children in BRICS countries. We wish Russia the best.”
He stated that they will cooperate with Russia and other countries to carry the BRICS agenda forward. Enditem