On 9-10 December, Moscow hosted a BRICS seminar titled “Demographic Challenges and Economic Development of BRICS Countries”.

First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation Alexey Vovchenko was a moderator of the seminar.

BRICS experts exchanged opinions and experience on the integration of demographic and economic policies.

They also discussed ways to turn demographic challenges into demographic opportunities for boosting economic growth and the development of the human potential, and also for expanding the opportunities and rights of women.

Other issues on the seminar's programme included demographic monitoring and forecasting, family and youth policies, and ways to adapt pension and social protection systems to demographic changes.

Based on the results of the seminar, experts have agreed to draft recommendations to integrate demographic issues into the macroeconomic, financial, labour and social policy guidelines, which will be forwarded to the BRICS leaders for their consideration.