Saudi Arabia Looks for Brazilian Land to Feed Saudi Population

    Saudi ambassador in Brasília, Kurdi, by Alexandre Rocha

    Saudi ambassador in BrasÀ­lia, Kurdi, by Alexandre Rocha Saudi Arabia's new ambassador to Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia, Mohamad Amin Ali Kurdi, wants to promote the flow of investments between his country and Brazil. This was among the main themes of the meeting the diplomat had August 22 with the board at the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, in São Paulo.

    "Trade relations between both countries are currently centered on trade, and I would like to boost investment," said Kurdi. One of the ideas is to promote Saudi investment in Brazilian agribusiness, as the government wants to guarantee the food safety of the country.

    Saudi Arabia has reduced its agricultural production with the objective of economizing water and has been seeking land in other countries on which to grow crops.

    "The government decided to work on this strategy just two months before my arrival in Brazil, and began in the neighboring countries," said the ambassador, adding that he plans to organize a visit by the Saudi ministers of Trade and Agriculture to analyze the possibilities existing in Brazil.

    Kurdi pointed out that his country is greatly interested in the sector and added that he has already visited the state of Tocantins, where agribusiness is currently living great expansion, to be able to analyze local opportunities.

    "Brazil is leading agribusiness and is one of the countries which Saudi Arabia is eyeing, considering cooperation and investment," he added.

    The president at the Arab Brazilian Chamber, Antonio Sarkis Jr., pointed out that the enterprise is developing a study on investment opportunities for foreigners in Brazil and in the Arab countries. The project will be coordinated by the organization's Foreign Trade vice president, Salim Schahin, and will count on the participation of the organization's secretary general, Michel Alaby.

    "Trade has already reached a volume that justifies partnerships and investment in both regions," explained Sarkis. "We are going to show the opportunities present, the current legislation, the ease and the hardships," he pointed out.

    The ambassador even proposed the idea of establishment of an agribusiness multinational with Saudi investment, Brazilian know-how and land and possible future participation by companies in other countries. As an example he mentioned Singapore, where he was ambassador before being posted in Brazil, and where there is great capital turned to the area of logistics.

    Kurdi also added that there are investment opportunities for Brazilian companies in his country. He mentioned the "economic cities" that are currently under construction and that should mainly house activities counting on foreign capital. The diplomat spoke about the possibilities in the areas of industry, mining, services and also in the field of oil and gas, as state-owned company Saudi Aramco has plans to build new installations around the country.

    "In the same way as we need Saudi investment in Brazil, Brazilian companies may also be successful in Saudi Arabia," explained Sarkis.

    In this respect, the ambassador said that Sagia, the Saudi investment promotion agency, is studying the possibility of opening an office in Brazil. "There is already an initial agreement in this sense. Now, with my presence here, we are going to analyze the merit for further progress. I believe that this idea should gain in strength," he stated.

    He wants Sagia to have deeper contact with its Brazilian counterpart, the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). Sarkis declared that the Apex is the main Arab Brazilian Chamber partner in the promotion of international events and added that the organization he heads may help in these relations.

    The ambassador also suggested the establishment of a Brazil-Saudi Arabia Joint Business Council and a "Saudi-Brazilian Friendship Society" bringing together politicians, businessmen and other prominent personalities from both countries. The objective is to strengthen bilateral relations in different areas.

    Kurdi also added the importance of an agreement to avoid dual income tax on business resulting from bilateral investment and of establishing brotherhood agreements between cities in both countries, like Brasí­lia and Riyadh, the two capitals, and São Paulo and Jeddah, important business Centers in both. The Arab Brazilian Chamber has proposed to help in these initiatives.

    The diplomat, aged 61, arrived in Brazil two months ago. Before coming to the country, he was the ambassador in Singapore, and has also had experience as a businessman and university professor.

    The meeting at the Chamber's offices included two of the organization's vice presidents, Helmi Nasr (Foreign Relations) and Rubens Hannun (Marketing), former presidents Walid Yazigi and Orlando Sahan, director Bechara Ibrahim, and the Saudi embassy's public relations personnel Fahad Alessa and Wail Hababi.

    Kurdi also met with representatives of Brazilian companies and organisations that do business in Saudi Arabia, like Sadia and Doux-Frangosul, slaughterhouses Bertin and Independência, as well as with Brazilian Association of Toiletries, Perfumes & Cosmetics Industries (Abihpec) and Tocantins government staff.

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    • michael

      michael
      salve salve tizaÀƒµ 😉 comn0 ta vc seu tloxa rsrsd :-* :-* queria manbdar aquele bjo pla sua filha aquela gostoza rsrs ……………………..

    • RJ

      Animal Farm
      No reading between the lines eh guys! You reveal such poverty of any decency I wonder from where do you come?

    • AUGUSTUS

      Seriously concerned about Islamic infiltration…
      Trade Agreements represents, generally, how the infiltration begins…
      This is not the first and certainly not the last time I warn against the dangers of welcoming extremely dangerous, potentially nefarious, and unquestionably intolerant group as Islam!

      Next thing one knows, there would be Mosques (Jupiter forbid!) in Avenida Paulista, Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana or Quadra Sul in Brasilia… Then they would start objecting to the liberal (actually way too liberal) relaxed nature which Brazilians enjoy…
      Well, I keep on posting my warning, hoping that someone with connections in Brasilia might at least consider some of my concerns, for I would deeply regret finding Brazil becoming the target of terrorist animals!

      Brazil is very fortunate for the absence this hateful, foreign ethnic brethren, whose culture is so completely incompatible as to represent a potential source of future conflict, particularly in light of its extreme intolerance. The Senate should heed the example of the developed Western Nations, which suffer the consequences for having opened its doors to millions of such individuals with questionable connections and suspicious intentionsÀ¢€¦ Indeed, Brasilia should take serious steps to prevent Islamic families from relocating into Brazilian territory, lest they might abuse and seriously compromise the free, happy & colorful nation, which we fondly esteemÀ¢€¦

    • AUGUSTUS

      Costinha – only you!!!
      I wonder if anybody else could get away with such “unsavory” comments 😀
      Yet, I must recognize their amusing aspect (as well as your colorful imagination) …

    • mcv

      costinha u r the greatest!!!
      sds

    • Florist & Herbie
      Since I have both of you ladies here, I thought I could kill 2 flies with a single stone!

      Drop your respective pants down and poke your a$$es backwards, that way, in one pass I will enema both your your CU(s), that is, where the sun never shines.

      Happy enema… Ladies!

      Costinha

    • ch.c.

      Forrest allen brown
      You are so right.
      I never stopped saying the same.

      But the article is misleading on purpose as usual.
      – 5 years ago, there was a similar article but with Lybia. They should have bought 200’000 hectares, providing the financing and developing the land. Welllll Nothing was done.
      – Contrary to what the article pretends, if a SWF invest money lets say for food, it wont be food specifically for the country that made the investments. Because grains are sold in bulk and mixed with others producers at the warehouse near the port.
      It is only a long term investment like buying shares in Petrobras or whatever company, not necessarily to buy oil from Petrobras.

      – For your info only, in Egypt the world largest importer of wheat, the government with cheap financing and part with donations from some OPEC members, have developed well over a million hectares with irrigation to produce wheat. The land is ready, but no one wants now to buy or invest in the production of wheat. Smiles

    • forrest allen brown

      meet single arabs here ??????????????????????????????
      brasil will sell off its food to feed others not there own .

      all for the money ,
      they will cut a deal use slave brasilian laubor send all the food back home not pay taxes on it as a friend of lula will plead there case in senet it will be oked by the powers at be and sell it to whom ever
      cheepr than brazil will .sell it to there own

      some one in power will sell them permits to use land they dont have the right to own or sell .
      take there cut ,
      move all foods stufs past the dock mafia by a little pay ola.

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