Guwahati to host BRICS Youth Summit
In a bid to empower and encourage youth in governance and Skill development, a Youth Summit for the BRICS countries will be held in Guwahati from 1-3 July with the theme ‘Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges’.
Skill development and entrepreneurship, social inclusion, youth volunteerism and youth participation in governance will be covered in the summit.
The programme for the summit also includes thematic debates, cultural events, site-visits and interactive sessions with local youth.
The Youth Summit would also be an occasion to introduce India’s Northeast to BRICS youth, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports said in a release.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his remark at Fortaleza BRICS Summit, had stressed the role of youth and sports in furthering intra-BRICS cooperation. In this regard he had also announced Under-17 Football Cup during India’s BRICS Chairmanship 2016,” the release said.
“Modi has laid special emphasis on giving wider publicity and dissemination of the BRICS events and their organisation across the cities and provinces of India,” it said.
“Role of youth in fostering intra-BRICS bonds has been recognised during the past summits. Youthful democratic profile of most BRICS countries combined with their economic vibrancy can be an asset in consolidating exchanges between BRICS countries.”
The youth delegates will also have an occasion to meet the External Affairs Minister and to meet Assam leadership and senior officials in Guwahati during the course of the summit.
All the BRICS nations have confirmed their participation in the summit. The Indian Youth Delegation will be led by minister of state (independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Jitendra Singh.