On 11 September, Mr Sergey Ryabkov, Russian Sherpa in BRICS, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, chaired a Meeting of BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas via videoconference.
The meeting participants discussed topical issues of BRICS cooperation. They noted that despite the existing restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, progress has been achieved in all three pillars of BRICS Strategic Partnership: policy and security, economy and finance, and cultural and humanitarian contacts. They also discussed the implementation of cooperation priorities for this year as well as some aspects of the preparations for the 12th BRICS Summit.
Ms Natalya Stapran, Director of the Department for Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, briefed the meeting participants on the status of the finalization of the updated Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership 2025, and presented Russia’s initiatives to develop a new mechanism for the five countries’ cooperation in securing sustainable economic development in the post-pandemic age.