Brazil and World
Minister Tereza Cristina visits Middle East to strengthen partnerships
To strengthen the relationship and seek to open markets for Brazilian agricultural products, Minister of Agriculture Tereza Cristina traveled to the Middle East last week. At this moment, she is in the United Arab Emirates, the last country of the mission that should end on Sunday, the 22nd.
The minister's entourage has already passed through Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In these countries, Tereza Cristina met with local authorities, ambassadors and business people and attended events and seminars that discussed investments, business perspectives and food.
As per the minister, there are business opportunities for the entire production chain and Brazilians are familiar with the demands of the Arab markets.
In Saudi Arabia, one of the most awaited visits, the minister asked for the rehabilitation of Brazilian chicken meat plants, which were removed in January from the list of units that can export to the Arab country. According to her, Saudi Arabia will send a technical mission to check these slaughtering plants in November this year.
During the visit of the Brazilian delegation to the Ministry of Trade and Investment, the Saudis mentioned their interest in investing in Brazil. According to the Saudi ministry, Brazil is a strategic partner and example of halal protein exporter.
†"I am very happy with what I have heard [in Saudi Arabia] and now it is work to make these things happen," said the minister.
In October, President Jair Bolsonaro will also visit the country to maintain friendships and boost business.