In a recent (Oct. 2017) joint mission to the state of Pernambuco, Arab and African ambassadors visited Suape port and its projects to investors, such as terminals that will be offered in a bid process in 2018. Representatives of Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Tunisia, Sudan, League of Arab States, Cameroon, Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Gabon, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa and Benin took part in the mission, reported Isaura Daniel (Brazil-Arab News Agency).
The visit to the Suape port and to the Shipyard Atlântico Sul was one of the last activities of the mission o in Pernambuco. On Thursday, they were welcomed by the state’s governor Paulo Câmara (PSB) and by the deputy mayor of Recife Luciano Siqueira (PCdoB) and met with the authorities of the Pernambuco Tourism Company (Empetur) and the Pernambuco Economic Development Agency (ADDiper).
Also on Thursday, the group met with local business owners and attended a dinner offered by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
It was the first time that Arab and African diplomats held a joint mission to a Brazilian state. The CEO of the Arab Chamber, Michel Alaby, assessed as positive the participation of both regions and said that the missions are important to show Brazil’s potential to the ambassadors.
Itamaraty’s third secretary João Soares Neto, said that the trip was important to show to the diplomats that Brazil’s potential is not restricted to the business axis Center-South. “All the infrastructure that they got to know here was important for they to have a more complete image of the country,” he said, highlighting the concrete possibilities that this type of action produces.
The dean of the Council of African Ambassadors, the ambassador of Cameroon, Martin Agbor Mbeng, pointed out the possibility of knowing the opportunities for the exchange between Pernambuco and the Arab and African countries in the mission and said that it was important to see what can be done jointly and later translate this in concrete actions. “Brazil, Africa and Arab countries have a lot in common,” said the diplomat.
Qatar’s ambassador, Mohammed Al-Hayki, said that the meetings were important to intensify trade relations with Pernambuco and also highlighted the talks around the possibilities offered by the proximity between Pernambuco and Africa. “We are very optimistic,” he said on the future of the relations.
Diplomats from Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Tunisia, Sudan, League of Arab States, Cameroon, Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Gabon, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa and Benin took part in the mission.