26 March 2013 Durban, South Africa
To achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, this Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework operates according to the principles of equality, transparency, efficiency, mutual understanding and consensu
This Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework is established under the CGETI and its terms of reference. It aims to locate the specific activities of the Group in a longer- term framework for enhanced coordination and possible joint action.
The Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues (CGETI) is a key platform for BRICS Members to exchange views on a range of economic, trade and investment related issue The exchange of policy perspectives and priorities lays an essential basis for enhanced coordination and cooperation among the BRICS Members on these issues.
This framework is open-ended and progressive. The cooperation initiatives may be adjusted, enriched and will evolve as issues of concern to its BRICS Members develop and change in the future, with the approval of the BRICS Trade Ministers’ Meeting and the CGETI.
This cooperation framework is developed and initiated with the aim of:
Promoting trade, investment and economic cooperation among the BRICS Members;
Encouraging trade and investment links between BRICS countries with an emphasis on supporting industrial complementarities, sustainable development and inclusive growth;
Sharing policy practices on trade and investment among the Members;
Encouraging initiatives among BRICS Members to support institution-building to enhance productive capacity and value addition across various economic sectors; and
Enhancing communication and coordination.
4. AREAS OF WORK
Multilateral cooperation and coordination
Strengthening coordination in the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Round, as well as in other multilateral fora where trade and investment matters arise.
Enhancing information exchange on trade/investment policies and business opportunities through mechanisms including websites for trade/investment information- sharing.
4.2 Promoting and Facilitating Trade and Investment
Identifying areas for possible development cooperation activities of BRICS that could support the development aspirations of developing countrie
Conducting regular meetings among BRICS high-level officials in multilateral and international organisations where trade and investment matters arise.
Encouraging their trade/investment promotion agencies to establish stronger relationships, and providing policy support for trade/investment missions amongst the
Expanding cooperation on trade/investment promotion platforms such as trade fairs and expositions to increase opportunities for BRICS enterprises to meet, communicate and cooperate with each other.
Improving the transparency of the trade/investment environment in line with their respective laws and regulations.
Enhancing communication and cooperation in the areas of standardisation, certification, inspection and quarantine.
Enhancing communication and cooperation between agencies responsible for trade remedies.
Considering the effect that a positive outcome of the work by Ministries of Finance and Central Banks on settlement in local currencies may have as a support to enhanced intra-BRICS trade.
4.3 Innovation Cooperation
Establishing project platforms to promote communication and cooperation in high- technology area
Conducting information exchange on SMEs regulatory and supporting policies, as well as the experiences and practices in this area.
4.4 SMEs Cooperation
Advancing dialogue and communications in emerging industries, and promoting trade and investment in industries that are technology-, knowledge-, or capital- intensive.
Encouraging the expansion of trade and investment in high value-added products.
Exploring possibilities of signing a BRICS SMEs Cooperation Agreemen
Encouraging promotion agencies such as SMEs associations and development centres to establish contacts and hold joint activities including trade/investment
expos, human resource training, consulting, seminars, etc.
4.5 Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Enhancing information exchange on IPR legislation and enforcement through meetings or seminar
Sharing and exchanging information and experiences in infrastructure and construction.
4.6 Cooperation on Infrastructure and Industrial Development
Promoting cooperation among IPR office
Jointly developing capacity building programmes in the IPR area.
Encouraging relevant enterprises to participate in infrastructure development and construction in the BRICS countries, and having mutually beneficial cooperation with each other.
Analysing the prospects for joint bids by BRICS enterprises in international infrastructure and construction projects.
5. SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES FOR 2013/2014
The following activities will be encouraged or undertaken by the CGETI during 2013/2014 as part of this Framework:
The development of BRICS information sharing and exchange platforms, such as the platform initiated by the Centre for BRICS Studies, Fudan University, China.
Work on reconciling merchandise trade data and models for services trade data collection.
A joint trade study to identify ways of promoting the export of higher value-added products among the BRICS Member
BRICS seminar on investment protection agreements (South Africa, June 2013).
BRICS investment and trade promotion through the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (China, 8-9 September 2013).
Import Forum to promote the import of high value-added products from BRICS (China, second half of 2013).
SME promotion through the China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (China, September 2013).
Coordination for the WTO 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia in December 2013.
Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson Tel: (012) 394 1650
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