BRICS leaders meet ahead of G20

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 18, 2012 18:25 hrs
BRICS leaders meet ahead of G20

Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18 (IBNS) BRICS Leaders held an informal meeting Monday here ahead of the formal opening of the G-20 Summit in Los Cabos where they agreed to increase their own contribution to the International Monetary Fund.

According to India´s External Affairs Ministry, all the BRICS leaders (BRICS comprise Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) agreed that the Eurozone crisis threatened global financial and economic stability and that it was necessary to find cooperative solutions to resolve this crisis.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is now here to attend the G20 summit.

The leaders also agreed to increase resources available with the International Monetary Fund. In this context, they agreed to enhance their own contributions to the IMF, the MEA said in a media note.

This is with the understanding that these resources will be called upon only after existing resources, including the New Arrangements to Borrow, are substantially utilized.

"This would promote adequate burden sharing amongst IMF creditors. These new contributions are being made in anticipation that all the reforms agreed upon in 2010 will be fully implemented in a timely manner, including a comprehensive reform of voting power and reform of quota shares," said the MEA.

The Leaders discussed swap arrangements among national currencies as well as reserve pooling. They agreed to ask their Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to work on this important issue, in a manner compatible with internal legal frameworks, and report back to the Leaders at the 2013 BRICS Summit.

The Leaders also emphasized the need for increasing the resource base of Multilateral Development Banks, so that increased resources could be provided for development, particularly for investments in infrastructure and in the social sectors in developing countries.

They felt that the G20 should pay importance to the development aspect in its agenda of work.

The Leaders emphasized that given the current global situation and the need to bolster market confidence, it was important that the G-20 Summit issue a strong statement of intent in combating the international slowdown and the effects of the Eurozone crisis.

The Leaders agreed that this process of informal consultations on the sidelines of multilateral events was valuable and contributed to closer coordination on issues of mutual interest to BRICS economies.

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