has assumed the Presidency of BRICS in February,2016. Starting essentially
with economic issues of mutual interest, the agenda of BRICS meetings has
considerably widened over the years to encompass topical global issues. BRICS
cooperation has two pillars - consultation on
issues of mutual interest through meetings of Leaders as well as of Ministers
of Finance, Trade & Health, S&T, Education, Agriculture, Communication,
Labour etc. and practical cooperation in a number of areas through meetings of
Working Groups/Senior Officials. Regular annual Summits as well as meetings of
Leaders on the margins of ILO, G20 Summits, etc. are also held.
First ever Meeting of BRICS Employment Working
Group (BEWG) which is essentially a Senior Officers Level meeting between BRICS
Countries to shape the agenda for Labour and Employment track in BRICS, has
been scheduled to be held on 27th – 28th July, 2016 at
Hyderabad. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent
Charge) for Labour & Employment will also address the meeting hosted by
India. During this two days, there would be Sessions on, i) Finalization of
BRICS Employment Working Group, ii) Presentation by ILO on “Employment Generation
for Inclusive Growth”, iii) Presentation by India
on Possible Social Security Agreements amongst BRICS nations and iv) Discussion on Draft BRICS Ministerial Declaration.
meeting is a prelude to the Meeting of BRICS Labour & Employment
Ministerial Meeting under the Indian Presidency, scheduled to be held on
September, 27th- 28th,2016 at Agra.
Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa are the
BRICS countries five major emerging economies, comprising 43% of the world
population, having 37% of the world GDP and 17% share in the world trade. So
far, Seven BRICS Summits have taken place and the 8th BRICS Summit will be
hosted by India during its Chairmanship in 2016.
The Labour and Employment
Ministers of BRICS Nations met for the first time at Ufa, Russia in January
2016 to deliberate upon core labour and employment issues concerning them like
informality in the labour market, labour mobility, social security and ensuring
decent work with the aim to attain the sustainable goals of poverty alleviation
and employment generation. The first BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers
recognized the setting up of an Employment Pillar as essential and this laid
the foundation of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG). The Working Group
would be deliberating labour and employment issues that are common to BRICS.
These include, “Employment Generation for Inclusive Growth”, “Possible Social
Security agreements amongst BRICS” and “Networking of Labour Institutes of
BRICS countries represent the changing face of
labour market and reiterate commitment to work more closely in the area of
labour and employment and realign our policy tools to the emerging economic
& labour market needs.