by Dr. Diego Santos Vieira de Jesus
The Main Agenda Points of the Durban Summit
The agenda covered many topics related to international security and socioeconomic cooperation, which have been under discussion by representatives of the group members since the 2012 summit in New Delhi.
FIFTH BRICS SUMMIT in Durban: March 26th-27th, 2013
(Available in English)
The fifth annual BRICS Summit took place in Durban, South Africa on March 26th and 27th,2013 and delivered significant results in comparison to previous group meetings. The theme was "BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization," discussions mainly revolved around increasing development and reforming institutions of global governance. This article explores the debates surrounding the Bank of the BRICS, the arrangement of the contingency reserves, and the reform of global governance, all within the context of the Durban Summit discussions.
• Visit from the Peking University Delegation
On March 7th, 2013, the coordinators of the BRICS Policy Center – Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Lia Lopes, Layla Dawood and Sergio Veloso – received a delegation from Peking University of China. During the meeting, possibilities for cooperation with PUC-Rio were discussed, including exchanges in various areas of the Institute of International Relations (IRI) and the BPC. Plans for the exchange of academic publications and teachers were proposed, in addition to ideas for extending the fellowship program at the BPC.
• Representatives of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) meet with the staff of the BRICS Policy Center
On March 14th, representatives from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) met with the core team of the Technical, Science and Technology Cooperation of the BRICS Policy Center. During the meeting issues of common interest between the parties were discussed, such as the institutionalization of cooperation within the BRICS, recent emerging donors, and the role of individual group members within the Global Partnership. The possibility of future cooperation in organizing joint events was also discussed.
• Johns Hopkins University students visit BPC
On March 19th, the BPC hosted undergraduate and graduate students from Johns Hopkins University (USA), who were in Brazil to research the country's role as an emerging actor in international affairs, considering both its prominent role in South America and its role in the global context of the BRICS. The students are part of a program of studies designed to specifically focus on Latin America (The Latin American Studies Program).
• Professor Layla Dawood participates in the "Australia-Brazil Dialogue" in São Paulo
On March 20th and 21st, the assistant coordinator of the BRICS Policy Center, Professor Layla Dawood, represented the center at the " Australia-Brazil Dialogue " held in the city of São Paulo. The event brought together public and academic authorities from both countries to discuss the main challenges posed to the development of a bilateral relationship between them. In 2012, the relationship between Australia and Brazil was raised to the level of strategic partnership by the rulers of both countries. Professor Dawood was part of a panel that discussed the global and regional impacts of China's rise.
• Colloquium with Dr. André de Mello e Souza of the IPEA
On March 27th, 2013, Dr. André de Mello e Souza, Coordinator of Governance Studies and International Institutions at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), gave a seminar on "International Assistance for Private Development: humanitarian principles, developmental objectives and organizational interests in the allocation of resources by NGOs, " and focused on the topic international assistance for private development.
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BRICS Policy Center in the Mídia
• March 18, 2013: Financial Times – “Tackling inequality, The Brazilian experience” - with Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the BPC.
• March 21, 2013: Jornal do Commercio (column of journalist Mácia Peltier) – “Usina Acadêmica” - Discusses the inclusion of the BPC in the ranking of the top think tanks in the world.
• March 24, 2013: Shanghai Wenhui Daily – "Africa is the first beneficiary of the BRICS loans and assistance" - with Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the BPC. Available in English and Chinese.
• March 25, 2013: Radio RFI – "The Bank of the BRICs should encourage investments in Africa, says expert" - with Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the BPC.
Translation: Tracy Woodley