IBSA holds regular consultations at the level of Heads of States/Governments. So far five IBSA summits have been held :
1st IBSA Summit, Brasilia, 13 September 2006
2nd IBSA Summit, Tshwane, 17 October 2007
3rd IBSA Summit, New Delhi, 15 October 2008
4th IBSA Summit, Brasilia, 15 April 2010
5th IBSA Summit, Tshwane, 18 October 2011
The Brasilia Declaration established a Trilateral Commission at the level of Foreign Ministers. The Commission meets regularly; the first meeting of the Trilateral Commission was held in New Delhi on 4-5 March 2004. The last meeting of the Commission was also held in New Delhi on 8th March, 2011.
In addition, Foreign Ministers meet regularly before every IBSA Summit as well as on the margins of UNGA in New York. The last meeting of Foreign Ministers was held in New York on 25 September 2013.
Senior Officials from the foreign offices of the three countries dealing with IBSA are the designated Focal Points. Focal Points meet once a year for a standalone meeting and also meet prior to the Trilateral Commission. The last meeting of IBSA Focal Points was held in New York in September 2013.
Joint Working Groups
Joint Working Groups have been established to promote sectoral cooperation. There are fourteen Joint Working Groups in various areas including : Transport, Health, Education, Defence, Science & Technology, Trade & Investment (includes Tourism), Culture, Agriculture, Energy, Public Administration and Governance, Revenue Administration, Human Settlement, Environment and Social Development. These Working Groups meet as per their respective plans.
There are six People-to-People Forums under IBSA. These are : Tri-Nations Conference on MSMEs, Women's Forum, Academic Forum, Local Governance Forum, Business Forum, and Editors' Forum.