The latest political news state that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for Durban to attend the 15th BRICS Summit 2013 over the next two days with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.
In addition to the entire top BRICS leader, the newly elected China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Indian Prime Minister will also hold dual meetings with some noted African leader on the margins of the summit.
Further, the Prime Minister will be accompanied by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, and other top officials.
It is said that a vital agenda during the summit will be the proposed BRICS Development Bank.
The BRICS Summit will be hosted by South African President Jacob Zuma and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hand over the chair to him. He is also expected to call on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
The Finance Ministers will again meet in Durban on March 26.
Further, there will be business summit and for which three major chambers FICCI, Assocham and the CII, are sending a large delegation.
Meanwhile, BRICS leads around 25 percent of the world’s geographical area and 43 percent of the world’s population and a 5th of global gross domestic product.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will return on late Thursday.