On November 16, during the 2nd BRICS+ Digital Competition Forum held in Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil), the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre and the Centre for Technology and Society, FGV, signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI).
During the MoI signing ceremony, Alexey Ivanov, Director of the BRICS Competition Centre, noted that ties with the Centre for Technology and Society of the FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro are developing into a fruitful and rich cooperation, which has already yielded certain results. For example, joint work is underway on a project on environmental approaches to regulating digital ecosystems, and formats for more active cooperation between the BRICS countries in the field of law enforcement are being developed. Given the expansion of the BRICS alliance, Russia's chairmanship of BRICS in 2024 and the G20 summit in Brazil in November 2024, cooperation between the centres will become increasingly global, Alexey Ivanov stressed.
“In this regard, the document we are signing today lays down a solid foundation for a cooperation agreement between the two universities to provide for more diverse collaboration mechanisms for our students and academic staff. I am proud that our centres are driving this academic cooperation and preserve its values in a somewhat turbulent and chaotic world we live in today,”
Director of the BRICS Competition Centre said.
Rodrigo Viana, Head of International Relations, FGV Law School Rio de Janeiro, also noted the importance of the partnership between FGV Law School and the BRICS Centre.
"We have already done a lot to be proud of: events, reports, participation in discussions at the international level. We want to actively participate in the discussions on the legal framework we need to develop in the field of competition — both within BRICS and countries that want to join BRICS."
The forum was organized by the International BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre in cooperation with FGV University School of Law and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense of Brazil (CADE). Representatives of competition authorities of the BRICS countries and partner countries (Argentina, Egypt, Iran), as well as internationally renowned experts and researchers discussed the latest trends and initiatives in the field of competition enforcement in digital markets.