On May, 15, 2013, there was held III International Conference "BRICS and AFRICA: Partnership for Development”. This event was organized by People’s Friendship University of Russia and National Committee on BRICS Research with the assistance of Embassy of South Africa and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Among the participants of the conference there were representatives of diplomatic corps, academic and business communities, professors, students and postgraduates of the University. They discussed projects and strategies of BRICS states as well as interests and possibilities of Russia in Africa.
The conference was inaugurated by V.M. Filippov, PFUR Rector, chairman of Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation. The reports were made by: V.B. Lukov, Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, executive secretary of Interagency Committee on participation of the Russian Federation in G8, G20, and BRICS; Gabriel Kochofa, Ambassador of Benin in the Russian Federation; G.D Toloraya, executive director of the National Committee on BRICS Research; E.N. Popov, head of Department of Asia and Africa of the Ministry for Economic Development; V.M. Davydov, director of the Institute for Latin-American Studies and others.
The program of the conference included plenary session, subject sessions as well as discussions.
In the frameworks of III Session "Economic strategy BRICS and Russia” L.I. Kornaukhova, RISTC Deputy General director, made a report on a topic "Formation of scientific and educational projects and transfer of technologies in BRICS format”. L.I. Kornaukhova noted that for Russia the cooperation in BRICS format is one of the key directions of the long-term foreign policy. However it should not replace existing bilateral relations with the member states. Well-established bilateral cooperation between two BRICS member states – Russia and India – can be exemplified by the activity of Russian-Indian Scientific and Technological Centre. The report briefly outlined the main events that had been recently organized by RISTC. Also L.I. Kornaukhova told about the recently created base of technological requests and offers that are available on the RISTC Portal of Technologies Transfer.
A co-reporter was O.V. Ustuzhantseva, a coordinator of international projects of the Centre of Oriental Countries at the National Research Tomsk State University. She told about one of the new directions of RISTC activity – work with regions, particularly educational cooperation at the level of Indian and Russian youth organizations in the sphere of innovations. The creation of Youth Centre for Support of Public Innovations at the University became the important result of the activities carried out by TSU with the participation of RISTC. The initiators of the creation of the only Russian student organization for development of public innovations were TSU students and professors. Tomsk Centre will become a part of HoneyBee Network, the global net of development of grassroots innovations, founded by Anil Gupta, professor from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India). Anil Gupta participated in all events and went on a test expedition with Tomsk students to one of the Siberian villages in search of grassroots innovations.
The successful experience of RISTC activity and events helps to find
effective mechanisms of cooperation in order to zoom it to the
cooperation with other BRICS member states.During the preparation of the article there were used materials from the informational portal "Foundation Russkiy Mir” and a photo report of the Organizing Committee of the conference.