Declaration of the Third BRICS Industry Ministers’ Meeting
Trade Ministers resolve to establish BRICS partnership on New Industrial Revolution
the dti hosted the third BRICS Industry Ministers’ Meeting in Magaliesburg on Wednesday, 4 July 2018. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the continuation of work on the implementation of existing cooperation projects and how to speed up industrial development by leveraging opportunities of the Digital Industrial Revolution (DIR).
The Ministers of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa resolved to establish the BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution (PartNIR), which aims to translate the vision of the second Golden Decade of BRICS cooperation into reality through deepened cooperation on industrialisation, innovation, inclusiveness and investment. The partnership will see the establishment of a new industrial revolution advisory group comprising policymakers and experts from all BRICS countries.
The meeting resolved to determine key common areas of focus, including policy coordination, opportunities for cooperation in advanced technical skills and training, and the sharing of best practice in digitisation. The Ministers also resolved to work for closer coordination between BRICS countries on capacity building and developing projects that secure inclusive and equitable growth.
In his opening remarks, Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies (MP) highlighted the increasing penetration of technology on industry not only in production, but also in the service sectors.
“Day by day we are seeing quantum leaps in technology. The change we are seeing will not be incremental, it will be disruptive,” said Minister Davies. “Tech has the potential to offer innovative solutions to developmental challenges and improve government services, but it also has the potential to widen inequality.”
Minister Davies reminded his BRICS counterparts that if the group did not work together it could miss an opportunity to achieve the inclusivity the bloc aims for. “We must avoid a situation where the mastery of the fourth industrial revolution is in the hands of a few countries or multinational corporations,” the Minister said.
This view was echoed by other Ministers present.
“In this digital age no country can harness its full potential if it is not equipped to face the future. We must stand together, cooperate and share our learnings. This will help to foster growth in this digital era,” said the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry in India, Chaudhary Chhota Ram.
The Ministers of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met in Magaliesburg, 4th of July 2018, take note of the following:
The global economy is demonstrating positive signs of economic recovery with output growth accelerating to nearly 4%. BRICS countries continue to play an important role as engines of economic growth. The recovery from the financial crisis that rocked the global economy a decade ago has been long and uncertain. Although the outlook for global growth does appear brighter, certain risks remain.
In the context of a generally positive global trend, emerging markets and developing economies have become increasingly important in the global economy, making progressively higher contributions to global output, trade and investment. These economies now account for a significant amount of global GDP, compared to the previous two decades.
The New Industrial Revolution (Fourth Industrial Revolution) and the drive for sustainable, less carbon and waste intensive production, is and will have profound disruptive impacts on the structure of global production, trade, investment, employment and education. Quantum leaps in technology and innovation are and will carry both enormous potential opportunities and benefits for industrial development but also carry significant challenges for broader, inclusive socio-economic growth and development, especially for developing countries. These opportunities and challenges will call for new high-tech driven innovative policy and regulatory frameworks by individual member countries and a closer mutually beneficial and collaborative efforts, including new and existing multilateral mechanisms of cooperation to secure equitable and inclusive growth.
As was noted in the 2017 Hangzhou BRICS Industry Ministers Meeting’s pdf Action Plan for deepening industrial cooperation among BRICS Countries (2.76 MB) , all the BRICS member countries are in the process of implementing their own industrial development strategies in order to strengthen and build their respective industrial capabilities.
In this context, the action plan of this Third BRICS Industry Ministers Meeting, seeks to build on previously adopted directions and further expand industrial cooperation to secure mutually beneficial outcomes in an increasingly complex global environment.
The BRICS Industry Ministers resolved to implement the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy to secure mutually beneficial accelerated economic and industrial growth amongst member states, including placing further and concrete emphasis on the strengthening of business-to-business contacts in all the respective BRICS member countries and support the implementation of specific initiatives and projects in various fields and across a variety of industrial sectors.
The Ministers meeting further resolved:
To establish the BRICS partnership on the New Industrial Revolution (PartNIR) that aims to translate the vision of the second Golden Decade of BRICS cooperation into reality through deepened BRICS cooperation on Industrialisation, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Investment. Under the partnership, in support of the manufacturing sectors, a new industrial revolution advisory group comprised of policy makers and experts from all BRICS countries will be established. The advisory group will develop a terms of reference and a work plan.
In the context of the New Industrial Revolution, determine key common areas of focus, including but not limited to:
Policy coordination in the context of New Industrial Revolution;
Opportunities for cooperation in advanced technical skills and training;
Exchange of information and best practices with respect to digitization;
Projects which secure inclusive and equitable growth; and
Cooperation with stakeholders for greater synergy of human and financial resources.
The Advisory group will work closely with BRICS Business Council (BBC) in order to encourage the involvement and participation of the private sector in BBC working groups to accelerate mutually beneficial industrial cooperation across a wide variety of industrial and manufacturing sectors.
In keeping with the objectives set out in the BRICS Economic Cooperation Strategy, the advisory group will work on the implementation of existing cooperation projects, making full use of experiences of member states.
We, the Ministers of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, resolved to further strengthen existing collaborative and mutually beneficial efforts and projects in the industrial development arena, taking into account contemporary challenges related amongst others to global digital transformation, the imperative for sustainable economic development and the necessity to address the challenge of equitable and inclusive economic growth and industrialisation.