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Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) nations in Guwahati.

Guwahati, Assam, July 2016

Inaguration Speach by the Chief Minister of Assam Sri Sarbananda Sonowal.

Today I had the pleasure of welcoming young delegates from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations in Guwahati. This year it was India's turn to host the BRICS Summit and Assam got the opportunity to host the prestigious and important BRICS Youth Summit.
BRICS countries represent over 3 billion people, or 42% of the world population, 25 percent of the world's landmass, and about 20 percent of global GDP. Together, they account for 43% of global foreign exchange reserves, and their geopolitical and geoeconomic importance keeps rising. The collective strength of the BRICS economies is significant for a stable world economy.
I'm always a firm believer of the power of youth. Having been a youth leader myself, I believe that the strength of a nation depends on the energies the youth. Through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities young people can be the carriers of the message of peace and progress. In this this context the theme of this Summit - "Youth as Bridge" is very relevant.Engagement and interaction among the young people of the countries can not only enhance international understanding and friendship but also bring creative ideas to solve pressing problems of the day including skill development, employment & innovation, inclusive & sustainable growth etc.
I am sure the youth of Assam and the region will take advantage of such a big platform to exchange ideas and opinions on a wide spectrum of issues with the delegates from BRICS nations in the next two days. I wish every one a very pleasant stay and a very successful summit ahead.



Courtesy: by VOA Team