2nd BRICS Youth Summit begins in Guwahati
Guwahati: The second BRICS Youth Summit began here today amid much enthusiasm with the city welcoming the guests with traditional hospitality.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal lit the lamp and declared beginning of the three-day second BRICS Youth Summit, India 2016.
The city of Guwahati – the gateway to the North East – is hosting the prestigious event with the theme ‘Youth as bridge for intra-BRICS exchanges’.
The inaugural session witnessed addresses by BRICS members and finalised agenda to work out for the working sessions in the next two days, followed by cultural programme from India.
The convention of youths will focus on enhanced people-to-people contacts of BRICS members – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Over 50 foreign delegates, including ministers and head of executive authorities on youth affairs from BRICS nations, participated in the summit.
To take forward the initiatives of first BRICS Youth Summit held in Russia in July 2015 for creation of a permanent platform for development of youth cooperation, interactive and stimulating discussions on various aspects related to youth development will take place here.
The BRICS Youth Summit will focus on skill development and entrepreneurship, social inclusions, youth volunteerism and youth participation in governance.
On the second day, there will be four working sessions, followed by banquet dinner with cultural exchanges and performances from participants of BRICS nations.
On the last day, a presentation of working session reports will be followed by finalisation and adoption of the Guwahati BRICS Call to Action on Youth.