Brazil to begin a trade mission to Arab countries from May 17th to June 6th

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Brazilian federal government has stated that it will promote a trade mission to ten Arab countries from May 17 to June 6, which will be organized by the Special Secretariat for Strategic Affairs (SAE).

The trip delegation will include business people and representatives of associations in the defense, agribusiness, and infrastructure sectors. The Arab countries to be visited will be Morocco, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. A small delegation group will also visit Iraq to fulfill a specific schedule.

Recently, the Presidency’s special secretary for Strategic Affairs, Mr. Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, visited the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) headquarters in the capital city of São Paulo to hold a meeting with the participating business people and associations. ABCC president ambassador Osmar Chohfi also participated.

According to the secretary, the mission’s goal is to establish contacts and possible business with counterparts in the sectors, as well as to strengthen existing partnerships between Brazilian and Arab businesses. Mr. Rocha said there would also be a meeting with Arab investment funds. The complete mission schedule has not yet been disclosed. The Secretariat’s Communications advisor, Mr. Marcos Viana, will coordinate the mission.

The companies which confirmed their participation in the trade mission are the Brazilian Association of Industries of Defense and Security Materials (Abimde), the Brazilian Association of Exporters of Fruit and Derivatives (Abrafrutas), and companies such as Embraer, Mac Jee, Taurus, Condor, and Avionics.

The Department of Defense Products (Seprod) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) will also be participating. The ABCC will be represented at the mission by the Institutional Relations director, Ms. Fernanda Baltazar.

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