NEW DELHI -- The BRICS group of emerging market nations voiced concern about the slow pace of reforms within the IMF in a draft summit declaration that also called for a transparent process to select the next World Bank president.
The leaders of the so-called BRICS nations -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- were meeting in the Indian capital Delhi on March 29.
Promised changes to give the emerging powers greater voting rights at the International Monetary Fund have yet to be ratified by the United States, adding to frustration over reform of the G7 and the U.N. Security Council, where India and Brazil have been angling for years for permanent seats.
The draft statement, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, called on developed nations to avoid creating excess liquidity in the global financial system, a common complaint of developing nations whose economies have been buffeted by rapidly changing capital flows in recent years.
The BRICS group so far has not come out in support of any of the three candidates hoping to replace U.S. official Robert Zoellick at the head of the World Bank.
IRAN'S NUCLEAR RIGHTS
The draft statement said the crisis over Iran's nuclear program should be resolved diplomatically and should not be allowed to escalate. The draft declaration recognized the right of Iran to pursue peaceful nuclear energy.
The five BRICS nations, who collectively account for nearly half the world's population and a fifth of economic output, were also expected to announce steps to bring their economies closer together, including linking their stock exchanges and plans for a joint development fund.
The chairman of Russia's largest state development bank said Moscow and New Delhi will switch to trading in domestic currencies in three years.
"With China it took us three years to (evolve) from initial conversations to trading in local currencies," chairman of VEB state bank Vladimir Dmitriev told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.
"I think we will meet similar terms with India," he said.
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