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3-day BRICS Youth Summit from tomorrow

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 29 - Guwahati, the gateway to the North East, will host yet another prestigious event, the second BRICS Youth Summit, India 2016 from July 1. �Youth as bridge for intra-BRICS exchanges� will be the theme of the summit.

The three-day summit will focus on enhanced people-to-people contacts of BRICS member states vis-a-vis Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, especially youths. To take further the initiatives of the first BRICS Youth Summit held in Russia in July 2015 for creation of a permanent platform for the development of BRICS youth cooperation, a highly interactive and stimulating discussion on various aspects related to youth development will take place spread over several sessions, the agenda for which will be laid out on the inaugural day itself. The BRICS Youth Summit will focus on skill development and entrepreneurship, social inclusions, youth volunteerism and youth participation in governance.

With a view to making full preparedness for the prestigious event, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked officials of the departments concerned to leave no stone unturned to make it a resounding success.

The Chief Minister underscored the need to display Assam�s rich cultural mosaic to the visiting BRICS ministers, heads of executive authorities on youth affairs and youth representatives. �Assam�s resplendent culture must be projected in full splendour before the visiting distinguished dignitaries,� he said. The Government of Assam will host a dinner in honour of the visiting foreign dignitaries on July 2.

Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia also had a lengthy discussion with senior officials of the departments concerned on June 23 last to ensure that the event is hassle-free and smooth. Security-related aspects were also discussed threadbare.

The inaugural session will witness addresses by BRICS members, agenda to work out the working sessions, followed by cultural programme from India. 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 final day, a presentation of working session reports will be followed by finalisation and adoption of the Guwahati BRICS Call to Action on Youth.

It may be mentioned that India has taken over the presidency in the inter-governmental association of BRICS from February 15 this year.

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