Goa government is putting in place required infrastructure and making arrangements for the eighth annual summit of BRICS, a bloc of five emerging economies, to be held in the coastal state in October.

Over 8,000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) are expected to take part in the mega event to be held from October 15-16. India is hosting the summit in its capacity as chair of the influential bloc.

“BRICS summit will be held in Goa in October and we are building all the required infrastructure for it. Over 8,000 delegates from the five member-countries are expected to participate in it,” Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said.

He was speaking to mediapersons after presiding over a meeting with the secretaries and senior officers, held to take stock of preparations for the event.

“This will be a high-profile international event with VVIPs attending it. Therefore, we need to be well prepared for providing them best facilities and comfort,” he said.

“We want to create infrastructure that can be maintained and used even after the event is over. We still have three more months to go for the summit,” Parsekar said.

BRICS member-countries account for 42% of the world population and have a combined GDP of over US $16 trillion.