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BRICS Communications Ministers meet in Brasilia

Ministros de Comunicações dos BRICS se reúnem em Brasília

Agenda of the meeting has the objective to discuss topics of the communications sector of the countries that make up the bloc.

The 5th Meeting of BRICS Communications Ministers will be held in Brasilia. The meeting will discuss topics and issues of interest in the communications sector of the countries that make up the bloc: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The meeting will be led by the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC). , Marcos Pontes, in debates that include networks of the future, Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation, among others. At the end, there will be a press conference of the ministers with journalists.

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The BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – which together account for 42% of the population, 23% of GDP, 30% of territory and 18% of trade worldwide.

The week’s agenda includes, in addition to the high-level meeting with ministers and government officials, three other main activities in parallel. The resolutions and topics discussed in these activities will be presented at the meeting of ministers and will serve as input for the debate and production of the final declaration of the meeting.

On Monday (12), will be held the 1st Meeting of the Council of the BRICS Future Networks Institute, where will be presented the reference term and the work plan for approval, as well as discussion of topics such as research and development in new technologies and standardization of telecommunications networks. The meeting should bring together 35 representatives from the five countries.

On Tuesday (13), there will be the 4th Meeting of the BRICS Working Group on ICT Cooperation. Priorities and updates on each country’s communications policies will be discussed at this event, as will the coordination of the bloc in multilateral forums and consideration of the report of the Future Network Council Meeting.

Also on Tuesday, companies and private sector representatives from the countries will meet at the 5th BRICS Business to Business (B2B) Engagement Meeting. The theme is “Attracting Investment in the BRICS Communications Sector”, divided into four panels: Rural Connectivity and Internet of Things for Agriculture, 5G, Expansion of Broadband Internet Access and Strategy for Digital Transformation.

The business event will bring together about 60 representatives. The Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil), the Brazilian Association of Electrical and Electronic Industry (Abinee), the Brazilian Association of Internet and Telecommunications Providers (Abrint) and the Brazilian Association of Information Technology Companies will participate in this meeting. Communication (Brasscom).

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The BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – which together account for 42% of the population, 23% of GDP, 30% of territory and 18% of trade. worldwide.

In addition to the presidential meetings (summit and informal G20 summit meeting), the BRICS organizes, through its rotating presidency, about 100 annual meetings, including about 15 ministerial meetings and dozens of senior official meetings, technical events, as well as meetings in the areas of culture, education and sport.

Throughout 2019, Brazil will hold the BRICS shift presidency. The emphasis of the Brazilian presidency will be on the promotion of science, technology and innovation; of the digital economy; increased contacts between the productive sector and the NDB; and strengthening cooperation in combating transnational crimes. In addition, dozens of academic, sporting, cultural and artistic events are scheduled throughout the year.

»With information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE)

Source: Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications

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