Seminar debates innovative governance for growth in BRICS countries
In order to debate “Innovative Governance for Growth in the New Era,” the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Brazil-China Study Center, FGV World Economic Center (FGV CEM) and Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies (ACCWS) recently held the “2019 BRICS Seminar on Governance.”
The event was attended by experts and representatives of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), who discussed topics such as “the digital economy and innovation-led growth,” “defense of multilateralism and openness to a better future” and “people-centered development and international cooperation for a better world.”
“There are challenges to be tackled in the BRICS countries, such as intra-BRICS trade, given that China still dominates bilateral trade with each country. There are also many opportunities ahead, above all possibilities generated by new technologies and growing interaction between people in the BRICS nations. In this regard, the different forums held in the months leading up to the BRICS Summit, this governance seminar, and the BRICS Legal Forum held in Rio a few weeks ago were all very welcome,” said the coordinator of the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Brazil-China Study Center, Professor Evandro Carvalho.
In addition to Professor Carvalho, the seminar also featured the Brazilian Economy Ministry’s foreign trade secretary, Lucas Ferraz; the deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, Liang Yanshun; and China’s general consul in Rio de Janeiro, Li Yang. Other participants included FGV’s international director, Professor Bianor Cavalcanti; the dean of the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School, Professor Sérgio Guerra; and the chairman of the Business Cooperation Committee (FGV CCE), João de Luca.
The seminar succeeded the 2nd BRICS Seminar on Governance in 2018, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Brazilian edition of the event enabled the country’s think tanks and universities to participate more actively in this cooperation network.
The event was held on October 28, in the run-up to the BRICS Summit, which brought together the presidents of the bloc’s five countries on November 13 and 14 in Brasília. Professor Evandro Carvalho wrote an analysis of the meeting, which you can read here.