Brazil envoy says Pakistan investment-friendly

Published: November 10, 2016
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KARACHI: The Federative Republic of Brazil Ambassador to Pakistan Claudio Lins has said that ‘misinformation and false information’ about the safety and security situation discourages Brazilian investors from visiting or investing in Pakistan, which can be addressed by exchanging more trade missions.

Speaking during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said, “If Brazilian investors can invest in India and China then why not Pakistan.”

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Lins said negative news about Pakistan forces investors to stay away, keeping them unaware of the fact that many foreign companies were successfully doing business in Pakistan.

“We have to cope with it by exchanging trade delegations and enhancing face-to-face interactions,” he added.

The Brazilian ambassador said that the Pakistani economy was stabilising and with the completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), many opportunities will emerge for foreign investors from all around the world, including Brazil.

Touching upon the renewable energy sector of Brazil, Lins said that Pakistan can benefit from Brazil’s expertise and the technology being used in the renewable energy sector. “Brazilian embassy is available at your disposal if any Pakistani company is looking forward for a right partner in the renewable energy sector,” said the envoy.

KCCI President Shamim Ahmed Firpo said that the bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and Brazil were based on trade of various commodities. During 2015-16, Pakistan’s exports to Brazil stood at $46 million and its imports increased drastically to $206 million, indicating a trade balance in favour of Brazil.

He was of the opinion that there was huge potential to enhance bilateral trade relations between Brazil and Pakistan as possibilities of joint ventures in various feasible sectors including Halal food, information technology and poultry exist in abundance for both the countries.

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Firpo said the KCCI wants to promote business, mutual understanding and friendly relations between the business communities of the two countries.

“We also want to promote Brazilian investment in Pakistan and do everything for the development of Pakistan-Brazilian business cooperation,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Faisal
    Nov 10, 2016 - 10:52AM

    Only Punjab because of Shahbaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Rebirth
    Nov 10, 2016 - 1:08PM

    Soccer freaks (majority of Pakistanis) would be the greatest beneficiaries of Brazil-Pakistan ties. If it was up to me, I’d send ALL Pakistani soccer players, who are suffering because of the PFF and politics, to leagues in Brazil at any possible level. Pakistani soccer players should start lining up outside this consulate/embassy instead of protesting against the local board’s politics. Pakistanis usually value people only when others do, from abroad. This envoy seems like a very proactive gentleman; he should open his door not just for businesses but also, soccer players. This will be the very first, most significant and everlasting step in building ties. Once the average Brazilian notices, and becomes a fan of Pakistani players by virtue of their inclusion in Brazil’s domestic clubs, the required PR and image-building will occur, automatically. It’ll also help the players become known locally for being ‘known’ in Brazil. The media, masses and public opinion should consequently pressure the board to act and revive or more appropriately, grow soccer. When push comes to shove, the players will get heard at home and soccer will become profitable like cricket is. But most importantly, it’ll free Pakistan from the myopic, small-minded world of cricket played by a limited world consisting of frogs (in a well). The govt. should arrange trips of Brazilian soccer scouts here, who can either watch whatever games are being arranged privately and locally, or they can just do tryouts of the existing squad(s), privately.Recommend

  • Salman Sheikh
    Nov 10, 2016 - 1:55PM

    time will come when Pakistan will grow again..inshAllahRecommend

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