On 15 and 16 October, India will host the eighth BRICS Summit, bringing together the leaders of the five countries which form the bloc of emerging economies – Michel Temer (Brazil); Vladimir Putin (Russia); Narendra Modi (India); Xi Jinping (China) and Jacob Zuma (South Africa). The leaders of the BIMSTEC group have also been invited to participate, giving the summit an Asian regional dimension, as has been the case previously. Together, the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – account for approximately 23.1 % of global GDP and about 53.4 % of the global population.
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