The Centre for South African and Brazilian Studies, organized a National Seminar on "Rising India, China, South Africa and Brazil: Challenges and Strategic Options" on January 24, 2014. Ambassador V.B.Soni, Chairman Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (India) Pvt. Ltd.(OIA) delivered a key note address as Guest of Honour.
Presiding over the Seminar Lt. Gen. ZameerUddin Shah, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University said that there was a need for mutual cooperation among BRICS group of countries. He said that although these countries may have differences on economic, religion and linguistic grounds but these tend to be sorted out by discussion on critical issues like development,environment and poverty. Gen. Shah hoped for the positive results of the Seminar.
Ambassador of Brazil to India H.E. Mr. Carlos Duarte in his speech was confident that the seminar would promote trade, industrial and research relations among these countries. He added there was enough scope for India and Brazil to help each other in the fields of technological, economic and environmental advances.
In his keynote speech Ambassador V.B.Soni stated that as home to nearly half of the world's population, BRICS have a responsibility to create pathways for sustainable development. They represent the global reality, reflecting within them different sociopolitical, ideological and economic systems. Therefore, BRICS is more representative of the diversity in the global economy than any other group.
It could learn from policy successes as well as failures of the past from within and outside it and seek to implement policy solutions for sustainable development. In this context BRICS must bring to the fore inclusive growth and equitable development as the central narrative at global fora.
He concluded that the imperative of economic growth cannot be substituted, and the BRICS must continue to create synergies for enhancing this growth through greater engagement with one another as well as with the rest of the world.
Ambassador Soni was also asked to deliver his Valedictory address at the conclusion of the seminar on January 28.In it he emphasized that the ultimate and realistic aim of BRICS should be to take up a leadership role inreforming global financial and political institutions without rendering existing institutions null and void. These need not be shaped as an 'us versus them' platform. Instead, one would like to see it moving closer to the cherished goals like institutions of jurisprudence, human rights, fair trade, and other equitable forms of global norm setting.