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9th BRICS Science & Technology Ministers Meeting

9th BRICS Science & Technology Ministers Meeting:

India’s Minister for Science & Technology chaired the 9th BRICS Science & Technology Ministers meeting.

  • Earlier, the Prime Minister chaired the annual summit of the BRICS which was held virtually.
  • 2021 is an important landmark year in BRICS Cooperation as the grouping completed 15 years.
  • The member countries should work towards a rightful place for BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) in the Global Innovation Index.
  • It can be achieved through further strengthening the cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
  • BRICS Ranking in Global Innovation Index, 2021: India (46), China (12), Russia (45), Brazil (57) and South Africa (61).
  • BRICS countries must come together and innovate cost effective, affordable, accessible, sustainable and scalable scientific solutions, as they face many similar and unique challenges.
  • BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-24)
  • BRICS member countries have agreed to a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)-led BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-24) proposed by India during the 12th meeting of the grouping’s science & technology steering committee.
  • It will facilitate sharing of experiences of each other’s innovation ecosystem and networking of innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • In accordance with the plan BRICS Ministers and their representatives endorsed the BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Calendar of Activities 2020-2021.

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