6th BRICS summit
| 8–9 July 2015|
8th BRICS summit
The 7th BRICS summit was the seventh annual diplomatic summit of the head of states or government of the BRICS member states. It was held in the Russian city of Ufa in Bashkortostan on 8–9 July 2015.
7th BRICS summit Wikipedia
During the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, the BRICS leaders signed a declaration reading: "Brazil, India, China and South Africa convey their appreciation to Russia for its offer to host the Seventh BRICS Summit in 2015 in the city of Ufa and extend their full support to that end."
The summit coincided with the entry into force of constituting agreements of the New Development Bank and the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement and during the summit inaugural meetings of the NDB were held, and it was announced it would be lending in local currency; and open up membership to non-BRICS countries in the coming months.
The BRICS held a joint summit with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Union in Ufa on 9 July. Invited heads of states or government: Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani
Armenia – Serj Sargsyan
Belarus – Alexander Lukashenko
Iran – Hassan Rouhani
Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev
Kyrgyzstan – Almazbek Atambayev
Mongolia – Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
Pakistan – Nawaz Sharif
Tajikistan – Emomali Rahmon
Uzbekistan – Islam Karimov
Though other sectoral ministers have met, as a result of this meeting, the Russian proposal for an ICT minister's meeting took place in October. Russia's Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov hosted a Ministers of Communications meeting in Russia. At the meeting he proposed that BRICS states support their information technology companies and to open their respective markets to the rest of the bloc in order to challenge the U.S, monopoly in the sector. He said on 22 October: "All BRICS states are interested in cooperation in the sphere of information and communications technologies (ICT). [While every BRICS state has advantages in a particular sphere of ICT] but today, information technologies are a driver of economic growth for all [BRICS countries], without exception. On the IT-market and in the Internet sphere there is a monopoly of one state or a couple of states and just several companies. These companies are acting as if they were part of the state machine, not independent market actors."