This was the sixth time Modi participated in the BRICS summit, his first being at Fortaleza, also in Brazil in 2014
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Presidents of China, Russia and South Africa -- Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Cyril Ramaphosa respectively at the palace, headquarters of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the summit, the five major economies of the world will aim to significantly strengthen their cooperation in science, technology and innovation, he said.
Both India and Germany have been looking for enhanced roles and new responsibilities in an emerging international order. Despite these broader objectives and trade issues, Merkel is likely to focus more on sustainable development, renewable energy, as well as skills and mobility.
The Shanghai-based NDB - floated by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) - is headed by renowned Indian banker K V Kamath.
Addressing a meeting of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Foreign Ministers at Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Gen (retd) VK Singh, who is the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and was representing India, also said the objective of the powerful grouping should be to develop common approaches to address the issue of terrorism.
India was represented by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen (retd) V K Singh
Speaking of investment in higher education, the dream of making India a haven of skilled human capital will not materialise unless the government puts its money where its mouth is
A decade later, the call for multilateralism cannot and should not be for reinforcing this status quo but rather to change it, she said.
The Board of Directors of the NDB on Wednesday approved a $350-million loan for the Major District Roads Project II of Madhya Pradesh and $175 million for building and upgrading 350 bridges.
Congress hit out at PM Narendra Modi for not raising the Doklam issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg.
Iran agreed a long-term deal on its nuclear programme with the P5+1 group of world powers - the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany in 2015 under which Tehran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
The Kluchevskoye Gold Mining Project, initiated by India's SUN Gold Ltd, is being seen as the first-ever industrial public-private partnership investment project to be undertaken by partners from all BRICS member-states.
New Delhi should also be aware that a US-China trade spat opens up new possibilities for India, both vis-à-vis Beijing and Washington, and it should not be hesitant to exploit them
If Russia borrows from the New Development Bank, it may trim its borrowing plan at home where it uses so-called OFZ treasury bonds to cover budget deficit.
China will enhance coordination on macroeconomic policies with fellow BRICS members Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in response to the "challenges posed by the changing policies of certain developed countries," said assistant foreign minister Zhang Jun.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China and India have extensive common interests and they have far more consensus than differences.
Swaraj, who is on a five-day trip to South Africa, was attending meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Foreign Ministers' meeting. The summit is expected to lay the foundation for the annual summit of the grouping in Johannesburg next month.
Representing India in the meeting of the 5 nation bloc, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg sought the support of the Presidency in building consensus amongst the BRICS membership on the BRICS Rating Agency proposal.
While Switzerland continues to top the list released every year on the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting here, India has improved its position from 92nd last year. India was at the 89th place in 2016 on the index that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent.
Swaraj, who is currently in New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly Session, held a series of multilateral meetings, including with leaders of BRICS, IBSA, SAARC and India-CELAC.
Foreign ministers of BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - yesterday met on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly Sessions in New York.
India also ranks "among the lowest in the world" when it comes to the employment gender gap, but has fared well when it comes to development of skills needed for the future with a rank of 65 out of total 130 countries surveyed.
"Arziev announced setting up of a Special Economic Zone in Uzbekistan especially for Indian pharmaceutical companies which are keen to set up manufacturing facilities in Uzbekistan," BRICS CCI said in a statement.
The official however, did not respond to questions on the BRICS statement that named Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e- Mohammed as among terrorist groups creating problems in regional security.