BRICS Employment Working Group to meet in Hyderabad on July 27-28

The first-ever meeting of the BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) to shape the agenda for Labour and Employment track in BRICS will be held here on July 27– 28.
Minister of State for Labour & Employment Bandaru Dattaraya will also address BEWG, essentially a senior officers level meeting between member countries, an official press release said.
BRICS brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. India has assumed the Presidency of BRICS in February this year. 
The  meeting will have sessions on finalization of BRICS Employment Working Group; Presentation by ILO on “Employment Generation for Inclusive Growth”; Presentation by India on Possible Social Security Agreements amongst BRICS nations and Discussion on Draft BRICS Ministerial Declaration.
The meeting is a prelude to the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meeting scheduled to be held on September 27-28 at Agra.
Starting essentially with economic issues of mutual interest, the agenda of BRICS meetings has considerably widened over the years to encompass topical global issues, the release said.
BRICS cooperation has two pillars - consultation on issues of mutual interest through meetings of Leaders as well as of Ministers of Finance, Trade & Health, S&T, Education, Agriculture, Communication, Labour, and so on, and practical cooperation in a number of areas through meetings of Working Groups/Senior Officials.
Regular annual summits as well as meetings of Leaders on the margins of ILO, G20 Summits and other such events are also held.
The five BRICS countries are major emerging economies, comprising 43% of the world population, have 37% of the world GDP and 17% share in the world trade.
So far, seven BRICS Summits have taken place and the 8th BRICS Summit will be hosted by India during its Chairmanship in 2016.


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