Russia chairs the 4th session of the BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group Summit

The BRICS group comprising Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa, and India held the 4th session of their Anti-Drug Working. Russia chaired this year’s session, which was organized over video conferencing.

Rakesh Asthana, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau, led the Indian Delegation. It comprised B. Radhika, Deputy Director General (Ops), NCB, Vrindaba Gohil, First Secretary (Trade), Embassy of India, Moscow, Dr. Vaibhav Tandale, Under Secretary (Multilateral Economic Relations), MEA and KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director (Ops), NCB.

Russia chairs
Russia chairs the 4th session of BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group meeting, held over videoconferencing and comprising all the member countries. (Credit: PIB Delhi)

A fruitful exchange of opinions went on during the summit. The participants threw light on matters like — the drug-situation in the BRICS states, the international as well as regional trends of trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, and their precursors, and the influence of various internal and external factors on the situation. The main points that emerged during the discussion include the need for sharing real-time information among the member states and to curb increased drug-trafficking through maritime routes. Misuse of darknet and similar advanced technologies for drug-trafficking was one of the meeting’s key focal areas. The participants adopted a communiqué that covered all the points taken up in the discussion.

BRICS is a group of states comprising the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa. The growing economic power of BRICS countries, their importance as one of the main driving forces of global economic development, their substantial population, and abundant natural resources form the foundation of their impact on the international scene and are the grouping’s driving forces. Among other collaboration areas, matters of drug trafficking are a crucial area of cooperation among the BRICS member states