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23 October 2015

BRICS Communications Ministers Meeting

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On 22-23 October, the BRICS communications ministers met in Moscow to address ways of deepening cooperation in the area of communications, de-monopolising the global IT industry and developing the Internet governance ecosystem.

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All of the BRICS countries are interested in cooperation on information and communication technologies, Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov said at a briefing as part of the first day of the Meeting of the BRICS Communications Ministers."Today, information technologies are a driver of economic growth for all [of the BRICS countries], without exception," he said. According to Mr Nikiforov, an element that hinders the development of the IT industry in the BRICS countries is the global monopoly of a few large companies and the United States in software and related fields. 

Chinese Industry and IT Minister Miao Wei proposed expanding cooperation among the BRICS countries in the 5G communication standard, the internet of things and cloud technology. He proposed more actively utilising the capabilities of the New Development Bank, established by the BRICS countries, to expand cooperation in these areas.

The ministers also agreed to create an expert group to prepare a plan of action to implement the proposals recorded in the final communiqué.