Young leaders from BRICS countries discuss entrepreneurship and new technologies
The International Youth Observatory, an organization led by FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School students, was part of the Brazilian delegation that participated in the Fifth BRICS Youth Meeting. After being held in all the bloc’s other countries (Russia, India, China and South Africa), the event took place for the first time in Brazil from October 17 to 20.
The FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School was represented by Larissa Merheb (a fourth-period student), who is the International Youth Observatory’s project director. The theme that guided the delegations’ discussions was “Entrepreneurship and New Technologies – How to Channel the Potential of BRICS’ Youth for Development.”
Based on this theme, the delegations were split up into working groups, which reflected on the subjects of the event’s panel discussions: Inclusion Through Education; the Future of Work – Actions and Impact Reduction; Social and Emotional Skills – the Importance of “Soft Skills”; Youth as a Bridge to Improve Intra-BRICS Relations; and Social Ascension Through Entrepreneurship and Job Creation.
“Based on what the participants said and the tone of the groups’ discussions, we can say that of the issues explored, the creation of jobs for young people, considering their scarcity in all the participating countries, and the strengthening of intra-BRICS relationships were the working group’s main challenges and the legacy of this edition,” Merheb said.
The International Youth Observatory took part in the last group and based its proposals on several years of experience of BRICS interaction and the importance of entrepreneurship to peripheral youth, which led to the design of the Entrepreneurial Leaders of Tomorrow Project, currently under way. The observatory’s proposals will be contained in the event’s final report, to be published soon.
“Our mission now is to strive for our recommendations to be implemented. The speeches given by various young people from the BRICs countries had one thing in common: we need to make things happen, take our ideas off the drawing board and guarantee effective youth representation in BRICS structures,” Merheb said.