On September 3, 2020, Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge-I/C) for Culture and Tourism represented India and addressed in 5th BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Culture Ministers’ Meeting held through video conference under the Chairpersonship of Russian Federation.
Discussion: About the impact of the epidemiological situation on the cultural sphere in the BRICS countries and reviewed the possible implementation of joint cultural online-projects within BRICS.
The participants in the meeting include the delegates from Culture Ministries of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa.
The Declaration of the meeting was agreed and was signed by all the representatives of BRICS Nations at the end of the meeting.
Some Suggestion Proposed by India
The following are India’s perspective on strengthening cultural cooperation
Host a digital online exhibition
Under the aegis of BRICS Alliance of Museums, exploration of possibilities to be made to host a digital online exhibition on the shared theme at the end of 2021.
Open & Inaugurate BRICS Corner
Proposed to open BRICS Corner under the auspices of BRICS Alliance of Libraries and to inaugurate during India’s BRICS Presidency in 2021.
- BRICS Corner will disseminate information associated with the history and culture of BRICS countries.
- It will display the books, periodicals and other e-resources gifted by the BRICS countries.
National Gallery of Modern Arts will host BRICS Joint Exhibition
BRICS Joint Exhibition titled ‘Bonding Regions & Imagining Cultural Synergies’, will be hosted by The National Gallery of Modern Arts, New Delhi under the aegis of the BRICS Alliance of Art Museums and Galleries.
- BRICS Joint Exhibition is proposed to be organized in 2021, which will coincide with the BRICS event that will be hosted by India in 2021.
- It aims to display about 100 works of art from the 5 prestigious institutions under the BRICS Alliance.
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i.As a part of Finance Track for the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020, the 3rd G20 (Group of Twenty) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting was held virtually on July 18, 2020. It was organized under the Saudi Arabian Presidency where Indian side was represented by Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.
ii.Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan and United States (US) Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette co-chaired the 2nd ministerial meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) virtually. It was organized by US-India Business Council (USIBC).
Members– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Chairmanship– Russia (India will assume the Chairmanship of BRICS in 2021)