Dubai – The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce international office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, held its first event this Sunday (22) featuring Brazil’s minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina. A seminar held at the office’s auditorium brought together 90 businesspeople, industry representatives and authorities from Brazil and the UAE. (Pictured above, the minister with Arab Chamber president Rubens Hannun.)
The event was an important step towards bringing Brazilian and Arab companies closer, which is precisely the goal of the office. It was launched last February and is headed by Rafael Solimeo, who already worked at the Arab Chamber before. In the event featuring a Brazilian delegation that follows the minister in her mission to the UAE, Solimeo explained to the audience the office’s activities and the support it can offer.
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Despite being in Dubai, the office acts in every Arab country aiming to bridge the gap between Arab and Brazilian people, whether for exports, imports, investment and other points involving trade, investment and culture. Solimeo says he has already been reached out by Arab entrepreneurs interested in coming to Brazil either to buy or sell.
The event featured Brazil’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Fernando Igreja, Ministry of Agriculture Foreign Trade and Relations secretary Orlando Leite Ribeiro, Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) president Mohammed Obaid Almazrooei, Arab Chamber president Rubens Hannun, and Adviser to the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Majid Al Qassimi.
“With the Dubai-based office, the Arab Chamber is now closer to Arab businesspeople. We’ll keep supporting Brazilians as we’ve always did, but now we can strengthen our support to Arabs in Brazil,” Solimeo told ANBA. The Arab Chamber has members from Arab countries, including the UAE, and works to support them doing business with Brazil.
After the first event, many of those present presented Solimeo with their demands for assistance on doing missions and road shows in Brazil. “It shows that Arabs are really devoted to do business and discover more opportunities in Brazil,” said Solimeo.
The seminar where the minister lectured was organized by the Arab Chamber and is part of the activities Tereza Cristina and her delegation are doing in four Arab countries. She has been to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and ended her mission in the UAE this Sunday.
Translated by Guilherme Miranda