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São Paulo – The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce will mark its 68th anniversary by presenting an unprecedented survey of Arab immigration to Brazil in a virtual event 10 am next Wednesday, July 22. Registration is available free of charge to anyone interested in the topic, in Brazil and elsewhere. The event will feature simultaneous interpretation into Portuguese, English and Arabic.
This is the first survey ever on the specific topic of Arab immigration. It has determined the percentage of people of Arab origin in the Brazilian population, and their educational, social and professional profiles. The data will reveal the true size of the Arab community in Brazil, and the way in which Arabs are currently integrated into Brazilian society. The work was done by research firms H2R Pesquisas Avançadas and Instituto Brasileiro de Opinião Pública e Estatística (Ibope).
H2R director Alessandra Frisso and Ibope Intelligence CEO Márcia Cavallari Nunes will present the data to viewers. Along with the information from the survey on immigrants and descendants, the event will feature testimonial footage from people involved with the history of Arab immigration to Brazil, such as personalities of Arab background who have risen to the forefront of their professions.
“We want to help this community, even though it is integrated into Brazil, to retain its Arab identity and not lose connection with their origins,” ABCC president Rubens Hannun said regarding the reason for doing the survey. Hannun will speak on behalf of the ABCC during the event, alongside secretary-general Tamer Mansour and Policy Council chairman Walid Yazigi. Palestine ambassador and Council of Arab Ambassadors in Brazil dean Ibrahim Alzeben will make a special appearance representing the Arab countries.
The ABCC completed its 68th year in existence on July 2 this year. Due to the atypical scenario wrought by Covid-19 around the world, the organization chose to mark the date in virtual fashion. Despite the pandemic, the Arab Chamber keeps working to enhance Brazil’s relations with the Arab countries. What used to be done one-on-one, like going to trade shows and having business missions, is now taking place on the internet. Once a week, the ABCC hosts a webinar to help Brazilian and Arab enterprises continue to do business together, in addition to numerous other initiatives to that end.
Virtual event on Arab immigration to Brazil
July 22, 10 am-12 am
Simultaneous interpretation into Portuguese, Arabic and English will be available
Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum