Arab Brazilian Chamber to hold sustainability forum in UAE

The “Brazil-UAE: Amazon Economic Sustainability Forum” will take place in Dubai on October 3 featuring Brazil’s vice president Hamilton Mourão and the UAE’s Economy minister Abdulla Bin Touq Al-Marri. Registration is open. The event will be hybrid.

Isaura Daniel
isaura.daniel@anba.com.br

São Paulo – The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will hold a forum on sustainability in Dubai on October 3 featuring Brazil’s vice president Hamilton Mourão and the United Arab Emirates’ Economy minister Abdulla Bin Touq Al-Marri. The hybrid event will take place at the Conrad Hotel and can be watched online. Registration is open to participate in person or remotely. The event is free of charge. Pictured above, Anavilhanas National Park in the Amazon.

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao delivers a statement after a meeting with Colombia’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez (out of frame) at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, on August 12, 2021. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

The “Brazil-UAE: Amazon Economic Sustainability Forum” will take place in the first few days of the Expo 2020 Dubai that starts from October 1st in the UAE, ensuring that Brazil takes the lead in raising awareness on the topic at the beginning of the universal exhibition. The Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 is themed sustainability, bearing the slogan “Together for Sustainable Development,” and its decoration is based on elements of nature.

“The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce believes that holding this forum is hugely important for furthering the relations between the UAE investors and Brazil in the sector but also to put on everyone’s radar that Brazil is a sustainable country, the Amazon region is sustainable, and there’s no better way to do this than through a healthy dialogue between Emirati and Brazilians, “ABCC secretary-general & CEO Tamer Mansour said.

The secretary-general argues that Brazil-Arab relations should be taken to a new level, and one of the fronts where this could be possible is sustainability. Mansour says the topic is on the ABCC 2021/2022 agenda and that holding the forum will be the beginning of a process for the institution in which sustainability will be extensively addressed. He says that the presence of UAE and Brazilian officials in the forum on October 3 gives an official support to explore the sector within the two countries’ relations.

In fact, besides Mourão and Al-Marri, other leaders of the public and private sector from both regions will speak at the forum. They include the UAE minister of State for Food and Water Security Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mheiri, the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry chairman Abdullah Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply executive secretary Marcos Montes Cordeiro, ABCC president Osmar Chohfi, Brazil’s ambassador to the UAE Fernando Igreja, and JBS Fund for the Amazon president Joanita Maestri Karoleski.

Here’s more on the Expo 2020:

Vice president Hamilton Mourão, who chairs the National Council for the Legal Amazon, is the guest of honor of the forum. The event will feature three sessions on sustainability and related fields. They are “Partnerships in Innovation and Digital Technologies for the Sustainable Development,” “UAE-Brazil Cooperation in Food Security and Environmental Sustainability, and “Economic and Corporate Sustainability – Leadership Experiences in the UAE and Brazil.”

Innovation and Digital Technologies

The first panel will feature Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park CEO Hossein Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) Business & Investment director Ahmed Al-Awadi, Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) Business director Lucas Fiuza, The Digital Strategy Company (TBC) head scientist Silvio Meira, and Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) technical director Sula Alvez, and moderation by The Global Compact executive director Carlo Linkevieius Pereira.

Food Security

The second panel will feature Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Agribusiness director Alexandre Peña Ghisleni, Eli Agro Company director general Abdel Monein Al Marzouki, College of Agriculture at the UAE University vice dean Mohammed Salem Al Yafei, Cdial Halal Institutional Relations manager Omar Chahine, Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil chair Mohamed El Zoghbi, and moderation by Tamer Mansour.

Economic Sustainability

The third panel will feature Dubai Investment Development Corporation CEO and World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies president Fahad Al Gergawi, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority CEO Marwan Al Serkal, DP World COO Mahmoud Al Bastaki, Port of Itaqui president Ted Lago, and Marfrig Sustainability director Paulo Pianez, and moderation by UAE international Investors Council secretary-general Jamal Seif Al Jarwan.

These are the lecturers and authorities confirmed by Friday (24). The event is co-hosted by Brazil’s Embassy in the UAE, the Ministry of Economy of the UAE, the Union of Arab Chambers, and the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Simultaneous interpretation into Portuguese and English will be available. The forum will start at 10 am (GST), or 3 am (BRT), and is expected to end at 2:45 pm (GST), or 7:45 am (BRT).

Quick Facts:

Brazil-UAE: Amazon Economic Sustainability Forum
October 3, 2021, Sunday, 10 am (GST) – 3 am (BRT)
Conrad Dubai Hotel, UAE
Hybrid (physical and digital)
Find out more and register here

Translated by Guilherme Miranda

Legal Amazon/Ministry of Tourism of Brazil

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