Bruna Garcia Fonseca
Rio de Janeiro – Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce president Rubens Hannun was on (13) Tuesday at the 11th World Chambers Congress in Rio de Janeiro, where the chamber he leads has a stand.
He visited the pavilions of Sharjah, Dubai and Qatar chambers of commerce and invited them to participate in the Brazil-Arab Countries Economic Forum to be held in April 2020.
“We’ll sign a memorandum of understanding in Sharjah soon. We were supposed to sign it today, but [Sharjah] Chamber president couldn’t come,” Hannun explained. Representatives from Sharjah said they intend to undertake a trade mission in Brazil with 15 businessmen later this year, and Hannun offered his assistance to make it happen.
At Qatar’s stand, Hannun talked about the trade mission the Arab Brazilian Chamber will take there in November and asked for suggestions for the agenda.
Hannun also talked to Dubai Chamber CEO and current ICC World Chamber Federation chairman Hamad Buamin. Buamin invited the Arab Brazilian Chamber to participate in the World Chambers Congress to take place in Dubai in February 2021.
In the Arab Brazilian Chamber’s stand, Hannun received a delegation from Oman Chamber of Commerce (OCCI). “We had a meeting with the Omani delegation at our stand and talked about a business mission that we’ll take there in the second half of 2019, and they said they would send us suggestions for the agenda. They intend to strengthen relations with Brazil and conduct more activities here,” said Hannun, who talked with Oman Chamber Al Batinah chapter president Hamood Al Sa’di and financial and administrative affairs vice-president Rashid Al Musalhi.
Another visitor to the Arab Brazilian Chamber’s stand was the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) vice-chair in Jordan, Zaki Ayoubi. He talked to the commercial manager Daniella Leite about the possibilities to strengthen trade relations with Brazil, business partnerships, as well as measures to increase the number of Brazilian tourists in Jordan.
“The Arab participation is massive in this congress. It even amazes the non-Arab,” said Hannun. “It’s interesting to see Arab chambers of commerce interconnecting. It is an important action because this is basically a major trade event,” he added. The World Chambers Congress ends this Friday (14).
In Rio de Janeiro, Hannun had another two meetings outside the congress. One with Empresa de Pesquisa de Energia (EPE) and another with Associação de Comércio Exterior do Brasil (AEB).
Translated by Guilherme Miranda