Moscow to Host BRICS International Municipal Forum, Inviting Over 200 Cities

Moscow will host the major municipal event in August.

More than 200 cities from around the globe have been invited to participate in the BRICS International Municipal Forum, scheduled for August in Moscow, according to Russian capital authorities.

Over 5,000 attendees from 126 countries and 89 Russian jurisdictions are expected to be present at the event on August 27-28, with approximately 700 speakers at various panels and receptions, organizers stated at a press conference on Tuesday evening.

“We anticipate the participation of all constituent entities of the Russian Federation and our international partners, while we are sending out invitations to over 200 cities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America,” Sergey Cheremin, head of Moscow’s department of foreign trade and international relations, told TASS.

The forum will be held at the Ekspocentr convention hall located near Krasnaya Presnya park in Moscow, Cheremin said.

According to Cheremin, the program will encompass discussions about municipal infrastructure, the sustainability of urban development, and effective resource management. Particular emphasis will be placed on education, healthcare, culture, tourism, and sports.

“Moscow can offer participants of all events its invaluable experience in infrastructure development, which has transformed Moscow into one of the most developed cities in the world,” Cheremin said. “We will undoubtedly address issues of innovation, attracting talented professionals, and maintaining the competitiveness of megacities,” he added.

Chairman of the Moscow City Duma, Alexey Shaposhnikov, announced plans to sign a joint declaration with BRICS capitals and major cities.

A significant number of major corporations have confirmed their participation in the upcoming forum, with both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) meetings in the works, said Mikhail Sverdlov, head of the BRICS+ Business Communications Foundation.