Post event report
1. The BRICS Young Diplomats Forum was held in Kolkata from 3-6 September 2016 and was attended by 32 young diplomats from BRICS countries. The event was co-hosted by the Government of the West Bengal and the Branch Secretariat, Kolkata.
2. During the Forum, the delegates called and interacted with the Governor of West Bengal Hon’ble Keshri Nath Tripathi, the Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Shri Biman Banerjee, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs & Higher Education Shri Partha Chatterjee & the PWD Minister Shri Arup Biswas. The programme included guided heritage tour of Raj Bhawan, St Paul’s Cathedral, Belur Math, Victoria Memorial, Weavers’ Studio and Missionaries of Charity. The delegates also visited TCS Headquarters, Kolkata and attended a session on Tea tasting.
3. The member countries delegates made presentations on the themes identified for the Forum:
- The youth perspective on the functioning of BRICS;
- The contribution of youth & young professionals in the effective functioning of the BRICS mechanism;
- Inter-BRICS issues
- Multilateral issues viz. Climate Change - challenges & opportunities, Sustainable Development Goals 2030 – challenges & opportunities, Role of Young Diplomats in fostering P2P exchanges, Global Trade Slowdown & Challenges, Issues of national and international importance.
4. Following the presentation by member countries on the themes, it was agreed by the delegates to have an Outcome Document, which reflects the presentation and recommendations of the Young Diplomats from BRICS countries.
The Outcome Document was a manifestation of the spirit of camaraderie which was generated during the Forum. The Document reflects the enthusiasm and a sense of participation exhibited by the member delegates, which recommended the institutionalization of the Young Diplomats Forum, mutual participation of Young Diplomats in the courses conducted by the Diplomatic Training Institutes, and called upon the Diplomatic Training Institutes of BRICS countries to conduct Foreign Policy Modules for BRICS Young Diplomats.
5. The delegates attended a comprehensive presentation on West Bengal at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), which was followed by a panel discussion on “Fostering Stronger Relations: Trade and Growth among BRICS countries” by speakers from the Jadavpur University and experts from BCCI and ICC.
6. The event was widely covered by the visual and print media. The delegates from BRICS countries, reiterating the importance of the event which provided a platform for close interaction with young diplomats from BRICS countries, warmly expressed gratitude to the Government of India for organizing the event and sincerely appreciated the hospitality and completeness of the exposure and interaction accorded to the delegates of the Forum during their brief stay in Kolkata.
7. Overall, the members of the delegation, while expressing their gratefulness to the Government of India for hosting the Forum, reiterated the importance and relevance of the Forum in fostering closer interaction among Young Diplomats of BRICS countries which provides opportunities to personally interact as well as an exposure to various parts of India. Every delegate of the Forum wholeheartedly congratulated the success of the event and enthusiastically contributed to the items of the Outcome Document. The participants expressed welcome to the possible signing of a framework agreement between Diplomatic Academies of BRICS countries for sharing of expertise and experience.