How Brazil Is Winning the Middle East Through the Stomach

    Eggs from Brazil

    Eggs from Brazil The complementarities between the economies of Brazil and of the Arab countries are becoming more and more evident, in the opinion of Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce president Antonio Sarkis Jr.

    "Trade is already consolidated, and the Arabs must mainly import in the agricultural area, whereas Brazil has a natural talent to become one of the world leaders in this sector," he said during a press conference, July 8, in São Paulo, in southeastern Brazil.

    He pointed out that Brazil already has important participation in the Arab food market, and the country has great need for fertilizers produced in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Just to give an idea, Brazilian exports of foods to the region generated US$ 2.4 billion in the first half of this year, an increase of 21.41% over the same period last year.

    Sarkis pointed out items like dairy products, whose exports grew 92% and reached US$ 48 million, eggs, whose shipments generated US$ 17.9 million, expansion of almost 2,000% and meats, whose sales totaled US$ 1.4 billion, 47% more than in the period from January to June 2007.

    On the other lane, Fertilizers were the second item in the Brazilian import basket from the Arab nations in the first six months of this year, with purchases totaling US$ 359 million, growth of 220% over the first quarter in 2007. According to the Arab Brazilian Chamber, the Arabs import 90% of the food they consume and Brazil, 70% of the fertilizers it needs. That is an example of complementarity.

    In this respect, the Chamber has been working more and more on reciprocal investment and partnerships between Brazilians and Arabs. "This is our main focus for the end of the year," stated Sarkis.

    He recalled that total exports from the Arab countries generated US$ 809 billion last year, and imports, US$ 560 billion, generating a surplus of US$ 249 billion. "These are funds that were invested in infrastructure and in the improvement of the population's living conditions up to now," said the Arab Brazilian Chamber president.

    Apart from agribusiness, the organization has been trying to promote business in the area of tourism, not just to bring Arab tourists to Brazil, but also to attract investment to the sector. The organization is establishing cooperation agreements with the ministries of Agriculture and Tourism.

    Sarkis pointed out that an event that contributed to the increase of trade and opened possibilities for advances in economic relations was the creation of the direct flight between Dubai and São Paulo by Emirates Airline, now a daily route. "This has greatly simplified the life of businessmen and expanded reciprocal knowledge," he said.

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    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]I think Canada, Brazil and Switzerland should form it’s own alliance…what would we name it??[/quote]

      G(3g), where g stands for ” great”. Anyone who wants to get into this new group will be interviewed by Ch.c , you and me and if accepted, should pay an entrance fee of 1 Billion Euros, which will be manged by us three.If they refuse to pay this fee, we don’t accept them. I am sure Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is the first one to enter into our exclusive club. 😀

    • jon

      Joao,

      I think Canada, Brazil and Switzerland should form it’s own alliance…what would we name it?? 😉

    • Bill

      Ch.c
      Dear ch.c,

      I think you need a doctor man.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]And doubtful Canada will be out of the G8 and replaced by Brazil[/quote]

      I think that Canada wants to be out of G8 and become GÀ‚² (1). A cunning move on the part of Jon and “Gringo”. I don’t think even you, Ch.c can outmaneuver these two lads.

    • ch.c.

      Continued to idiOSSY !!!!
      Where did you learn that Brazil is the 5th largest buyer of U.S. treasuries ?????

      And doubtful Canada will be out of the G8 and replaced by Brazil !!!
      You are taking your dreams for reality.

      Facts are relatively simple : in 2008 Brazil total exports will still be lower than US$ 1000.- PER CAPITA !!!!!

      No reason to caress yopur navel with so much obsession !!!

      Thailand is TWICE than that.

      Switzerland exports US$ 25’000.-per capita ! And we have no oil, no natural gas, no copper, no iron ore, no sea access, small land and mostly mountainous !!!!!

      You are proving how BACKWARD…..BRAZIL REMAINS !!!!!!!!!

      Scratch your head instead of caressing your navel !!!!!

      Ohhhhhh and you are so good for your agricultural exports that you are forgetting to feed sufficiently 25 % of the Brazilian opulation that is ….UNDER NOURRSHED !!!!
      Be more ashamed than proud !

      And finally somewhat funny that Brazil much wealthier but with TWICE the poverty rate than… VIETNAM !!!!!

      Red faced or blue faced….idiOSSY ??????

    • João da Silva

      Ch.c
      I applaud you for addressing all your opponents as “Dear Junkie”. Must be due to my constant coaching about diplomacy 😉

    • ch.c.

      Dear idiot…OSSY !!!!!!
      It happens that the USA dont need to have so many manual sugarcane cutters, because 100 % can be harvested mechanically, when only around 50 % in Brazil ! Looks like you are at least a generation……BACKWARD…..!!!!!

      Same for your milk industry ! out of 1,3 millions milk producers, 80 % produce milk manually ! See the other article on that subject !!!! Here too…..a generation…….BACKWARD….MINIMUM !!!!!

      Concerning your grains production….why dont you find out by yourself if your farmers in Mato Grosso are really profitable ??????
      Just think about it….the distance to the port totalling over 1000 kms……in mostly unpaved road BR 163….at times of high oil prices. While in the USA most grains are transported either by rails or barges !!!!! Again——-a generation……..BACKWARD……Brazil is !!!

      Ohhhh dear idiot, dont you know yet that most Agricultural inputs in Brazil are FOREIGN ???????
      Such as seeds. pesticides, fongicides, tractors, harvesters !!!!!

      Let me say this, dear junkie : an investment 5 – 6 years ago in Syngenta, Monsanto, Deere…..was definitely more rewarding than buying either the commodity or investing in a Brazilian farm.
      What you dont know, because junkie and ignorant you are. is that between 2004 and 2006 the land prices in Brazil went DOWN by 50 %, and even as high as 70 % in Mato Grosso.
      And that even today….prices are around the same but not higher than the top in 2004 !!!!!
      What a great bull market for the inputs suppliers and not for the Brazilian farmers.
      Because an idiot like you…..just look at the sales growth when expressed in a weaker currency (US$) but neither in local currency nor looking at the profit margin !
      The profits margin are going DOWN DOWN DOWN THE RIVER !!!!!!

    • Ossy

      Thanks USA!
      Better even! As US uses its corn for ethanol in a scheme to make the well connected rich, food prices increase and we make more money out of the land. Not only that! The US driver keep using those big cars send ore oney to the Arabs. We go there and collect the money selling food to the OPEC guys. But we are very grateful too! We will erect statues of Greenspan and Bernanke top pay tribute to their printing of money. Money that we used to pay the debt. Now piling up reserves of USD200 billion. We are also slowing the collpase of the US economy by being the fifth large purchaser of US treasuries. Next e want Canada to be bopoted out of the G-8 and its place given to Brazil. Ebnough of minnows punching above thier weigth!

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