An interdepartmental meeting was held in Moscow concerning preparations for the assembly of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS Leaders’ Summit, which will be managed by Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee to prepare and support the Russian Federation’s presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2019–2020 and the BRICS Summit in 2020. The meeting was attended by departmental and agency representatives involved in the preparation of the two events.
Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee to prepare and support the Russian Federation’s presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2019–2020 and the BRICS Summit in 2020, noted, “The main purpose of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS is to strengthen the mutual trust as well as the political and economic cooperation of the member countries. This year, Russia has been given the important task of hosting and presiding over the gathering of these organizations. To meet this responsibility, Russia is relying on highly qualified professionals with extensive international experience. I am confident that the systematic cooperation of the relevant departments will ensure that these major international events will meet the highest standards.”
At the interdepartmental meeting in Moscow, participants outlined the preparedness of St. Petersburg’s infrastructure, logistics and the transportation system, and the accommodations of summit participants and official delegates. The outline of the cultural programme was specifically discussed, with special consideration given to participants’ spouses, venue design, souvenirs, media support, and the organization of a summit exhibition showcasing various Russian export-oriented products.
Special attention was given to how Russia would prepare to host the summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS, which will be held in 13 Russia regions.
Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s BRICS Sherpa and Deputy Foreign Minister said, “During Russia’s presidency of the BRICS association, over 150 events. As of today, the preparatory work of those responsible for each event is on schedule.”
A separate topic of discussion was the informal meeting of BRICS leaders, which will be held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia on 21 and 22 November 2020.
Following the meeting, additional instructions were given, including new deadlines.
The summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS will be held in St. Petersburg on 21–23 July 2020.