BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the largest developing countries of the world, representing 41 per cent of the global population, 24 per cent of the global GDP and 16 per cent of the global trade.
The sixth meeting of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) held virtually on July 28-29.
During the meeting, the BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan which aims at strengthening counter-terror cooperation among the members of the grouping has been finalised.
The Action Plan is the result of adoption of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy by the BRICS leaders in 2020.
The Action Plan is one of the key deliverables during India’s Chairship of BRICS and is expected to come up for adoption during the meeting of BRICS National Security Advisors scheduled in August.
The Plan aims at increasing intra-BRICS collaboration on combating terrorism, radicalisation, financing of terrorism, misuse of the Internet by terrorists. It will also curb travel of terrorists, strengthen border control and protect soft targets.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced that the Action Plan will help in bringing about “result-oriented cooperation” among the BRICS member states.