Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal chaired the 5th meeting of BRICS Industry Ministers through video conferencing yesterday. The Industry Ministers of BRICS Countries Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa attended the meeting.
India’s efforts of channelizing technology towards good and smart governance thus increasing transparency and accountability were highlighted. India has developed a vibrant and dynamic start-up ecosystem, leveraged existing platforms and digital technologies such as Aadhar and UPI payments for ensuring delivery of critical services to the last mile.
The Ministers recognized the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic particularly in the fields of trade and industry. They complimented all the COVID warriors, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and scientists, across all the BRICS countries, for their selfless and tireless efforts in saving our lives. They agreed on the need to build human resources in line with the changing requirements accelerated by the new emerging technology to promote training and skills development of the related workforce and businesses through workshops, seminars, and exchange programs. They expressed their intention to collaborate with the New Development Bank (NDB).
The meeting concluded with the BRICS Industry Ministers reaffirming their commitment to work together as a group, complement strengths of each other, share best practices and learn from weaknesses, and move ahead in a positive and constructive manner to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.