President, Finance minister to join Arab Chamber forum

Brazil’s Michel Temer and Henrique Meirelles will speak at the Brazil-Arab Countries Economic Forum next Monday afternoon in São Paulo.

Alexandre Rocha

São Paulo – President Michel Temer and Finance minister Henrique Meirelles have confirmed their presence at the Brazil-Arab Countries Economic Forum, to be held by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce next Monday (April 2) at São Paulo’s Hotel Unique. According to information from the Chamber, both Temer and Meirelles will speak during the afternoon.

Meirelles will discuss Brazil’s economic recovery. In the morning, for the opening lecture, economist Zeina Latif of investment firm XP Investimentos will go over the Brazilian economic scenario, and Khaled Hanafy, secretary-general of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries, will cover the economies of Arab countries. The General Union comprises organizations from across the Middle East and North Africa and the so-called joint chambers, like the Arab Brazilian Chamber.

Prior to the lectures, presidents Rubens Hannun of the Arab Chamber and Nael Kabariti, of the Union, will officially launch the event. The Forum will wrap up with final considerations from Arab Brazilian Chamber CEO Michel Alaby and Hanafy.

Throughout the day, six panels featuring Brazilian and Arab speakers will cover the following themes: Innovation and Technology, Food Security and Logistics, Investment, Renewable Energies, Halal (goods and services for Muslims), and Image & Branding and Tourism.

Panelists include Roberto Rodrigues, former Agriculture minister of Brazil, Plínio Nastari, president of consulting firm Datagro, the chef Alex Atala, Marcos Cintra, president of Brazil’s Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (FINEP), Hussein Kalout, secretary of Strategic Affairs of the Brazilian government, Ricardo Santin, Markets vice president of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), and Ted Lago, president of the Port of Itaqui, Maranhão.

From the Arab side, the panelists are Anders Kron, the commercial manager of the Sohar Free Trade Zone and Port, in Oman, Sami Eltamawy, the technology executive of Dubai startups Insydo and BrandRipplr, Marwan Barakat, the chief economist of Lebanese bank Audi, Abd El Kader Darwish, vice president of the Suez Canal Economic Zone in Egypt, Ahmed El Antri Tibaoui, CEO of Algeria’s World Trade Center, Mohamed Saleh Badri, secretary-general of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), and Nidal Abouzaki, managing director of Orient Planet, a public relations company based in Dubai, among many others.

Until Thursday (29) evening, 630 people had registered to attend the forum, with at least 100 coming from Arab countries. They are government officials, business owners, diplomats, investors and professionals from many areas. Business networking is included in the schedule.

Quick info
Brazil-Arab Countries Economic Forum
April 2, from 8 am to 7 pm
At Hotel Unique, Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4.700, Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
For further information and registration, visit the event’s website

Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 55 11 3145-3200

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani


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