Brazilian Small Business Discovers the Arab Market

    A partnership between the government of the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo and the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (CCAB) is going to help take small and medium companies from the state to the Arab market.

    The São Paulo state foreign trade coordinator, Flávio Musa de Freitas Guimarães, and the president of the CCAB, Antonio Sarkis Jr., met yesterday, January 26, to discuss joint participation in fairs in the Arab countries.


    “We want to expand the state export base in terms of values, products and companies, especially small and medium,” stated Musa.


    Participation in exhibitions in the Arab countries will be part of the “Space São Paulo” program, through which the government will sponsor, with the support of private enterprises, the travel of micro, small and medium companies to international fairs and missions.


    The CCAB is going to identify, together with the state government, the most appropriate events for companies from the state to participate in.
     
    The objective is to take to the Arab market companies that do not yet do business with the region.


    “The idea is to show companies that already export to other countries that the Arab market is good and has potential, and to encourage those who are starting to export to the region,” stated the president of the CCAB.


    Last year, the state of São Paulo led exports to the Arab countries. Companies from the state of São Paulo had revenues of US$ 1.6 billion with sales to the region, 40% of total country revenues.


    “São Paulo has a great export potential,” stated Sarkis.


    According to information supplied by the state government, the intention is to participate in an event in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, as the site is considered the main commercial center of the region and also a door of entry to other Arab countries.


    The state government plans to present products with great potential in state industry, among them shoes, kid’s fashion, furniture, decoration objects and medical and dentistry equipment.


    Apart from that, the Arab market will also be the theme of export seminars to be promoted in the interior of the state throughout the year.


    The talks, followed by business roundtables with Brazilian trading companies, will be organized in partnership with the Federation of Commercial Associations of the State of São Paulo (Facesp) and the São Paulo Chamber of Commerce, the export promotion arm of the São Paulo Trade Association (ACSP).


    “The Arab market is known by large companies, but not by micro and small companies,” stated Musa.


    Currently, 8,400 companies from the state are operating on foreign trade.


    The state government, however, intends to increase the number of exporters in the state by at least 50% this year and also keep export revenues rising.


    At the end of last year, the state had revenues of US$ 31 billion with international sales. In 2003, revenues totalled US$ 23 billion and in the previous year, US$ 20.1 billion.


    ANBA ”“ Brazil-Arab News Agency

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    In LatAm Popularity Test, Brazil’s Lula Comes in 8th

    Bolivia and Argentina’s presidents are the most popular leaders in their countries according to ...

    Belo Monte dam in Xingu river, Brazil

    Brazil Finally Admits Belo Monte Will Cost Well Over US$ 11 Billion

    Brazilian Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant’s actual construction will begin in September or October. ...

    Satellite and US$ 45 Million in Brazil’s All-Out Bird-Flu War

    In an effort to safeguard its US$ 3.5 billion poultry sector, Brazil has launched ...

    Brazil’s Air Control Chief Fired, Air Supervisor Charged with Cover-Up

    After watching the country’s air crisis from a distance while his Defense Minister, Air ...

    Brazil Not Ready for Prime Time, Says National Soccer Team Coach

    Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Saturday Brazil’s first full practice ahead of the ...

    Pssst! Wanna Buy a Brazilian Franchise?

    Brazilian franchises will get federal government support to expand to international markets. A group ...

    Coffee tree from Brazil

    Brazil to Increase Coffee Production by Up to 23% This Year

    Coffee crop in Brazil this year may beat the 48.48 million bag record, the ...

    A Publishing House in Brazil Offers Adult Books to Children

    Contributing to form a more critical generation. This is the mission of Edições SM, ...

    Lula Vows to Make Brazil a World-Class Coop Nation

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared that the Solidarity Economics secretariat, which ...

    Children from a Diadema band

    Denying Education is the Other AIDS. And Brazil Is Guilty of Inflicting It

    Some sectors of the fight against AIDS have suggested that Thabo Mbeki, the former ...