On July 12th, 2017, the BRICS Political Parties, Think-Tanks and Civil Society Organizations Forum was successfully held at Fuzhou, Fujian province. Master Translation Services provided simultaneous interpreting and technical support for the forum together with the Foreign Affairs Service Center of Fujian Province.
The three-day forum, hosted by the International Department of the Communist Party of China, attracted over 400 political party leaders, think tanks and civil organization representatives from the five member nations of BRICS. Simultaneous interpreting services in six languages, including Mandarin, English, Russian, Arabic, French and Spanish were provided.
To meet the changing demands of the forum, several MTS staff worked till midnight for days before the opening ceremony, testing simultaneous interpretation equipment, purchasing new equipment and supporting services, coordinating with relevant parties and solving all kinds of technical issues. With the joint efforts of MTS and the Foreign Affairs Service Center of Fujian Province, no equipment went out of order during the forum and the simultaneous interpreting came to be a great success. Moreover, MTS was highly acclaimed by the organizers of the meeting for its professionalism, flexibility and positive coordination.
BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”. South Africa was admitted in 2010. The BRICS members are all leading developing or newly industrialized countries, but they are distinguished by their large, sometimes fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional affairs.
Since 2009, the BRICS nations have met annually at formal summits. The first summit of the leaders of BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in 2009. This September, China will host the ninth summit – in Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian province, where the MTS headquarters are located.