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15 April 2015

BRICS. Expert Dialogue on e-Commerce and Meeting of the BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues

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BRICS is an informal group of states comprising the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa. The growing economic might of BRICS countries, their significance as one of the main driving forces of global economic development, their substantial population and abundant natural resources form the foundation of their influence on the international scene.

BRICS countries are influential members of leading international organisations and agencies, including the UN, the G20, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77. They are also members of various regional associations. The Russian Federation is a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Union. Russia and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Brazil is a member of the Union of South American Nations, MERCOSUR and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. The Republic of South Africa is a member of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. India is a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

On 14 April 2015, the first BRICS Expert Dialogue on e-Commerce took place in Moscow. The event brought together representatives of government agencies, expert circles and business structures of the BRICS member countries. On 15 April 2015, Moscow hosted Meeting of the BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues.

That was the first event for “Proxy Centre” company within the frames of the Russian Federation’s Presidency. Our IT-specialists were dealing with designing online registration portal and Accreditation Desk functioning in the “Four Seasons Hotel Moscow” hotel. Technical management built up and branded the venue according to event’s corporate identity. Transport services were rendered by transfers from the airport to0 the designated hotels and on the way back. During the preparation process Liaison Officers were remotely informing and assisting in registration the participants, and worked onsite in course of the meeting.

Participants of the Expert Dialogue discussed ways of promoting e-commerce within BRICS, e-document exchange security and personal data protection, as well as standards and linguistic technologies that can be applied in this sphere. On April, 15 the focal issues were global economic development trends and cooperation between BRICS countries at international organisations, including the World Trade Organisation and the G20, issues of streamlining cooperation in the area of small and medium-sized businesses, and a number of initiatives on energy and intellectual property. The participants also discussed a draft Joint Statement by BRICS Trade and Economy Ministers, scheduled to meet in early July 2015.