Ministers and experts from BRICS countries will discuss urban transition and the attendant challenges in the member countries over a three-day conference in the emerging smart city of Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, which seeks to promote cooperation among member countries in urban sector.
The conference will discuss and evolve a common agenda for BRICS (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa) countries to be presented at the HABITAT-III Conference to be held in Quito, Eucador. Other issues that will be discussed include development of smart cities, financing urban infrastructure, inclusive housing, climate change, regional planning, water and sanitation management and new reforms for urban renaissance.
India currently holds the chairmanship of BRICS and has chosen ‘Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions’ as the theme for this year and the BRICS Summit will be held in Goa in October this year.
Acoording to Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, “The underlying rationale of co-operation on urbanisation between BRICS countries is to share urban knowledge, develop mechanisms for peer to peer exchange, promote evidence-based policy-making and learn useful lessons from individual experience of urban transition”.