Brazil keen to enhance ties with Bangladesh: Joao

Staff Correspondent

8 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Brazilian Ambassador to Bangladesh Joao Tabajara de Oliveira Junior said his country wants to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation with Bangladesh on all fronts.

The Brazilian envoy said this while delivering speech to celebrate the 196th Independence Day of Brazil in the capital on Thursday evening. The ambassador said both the countries have vast avenues of opportunities to be explored jointly in the most diverse areas and levels.

The two sides can enhance cooperation in fronts like culture, industry, livestock, agriculture, trade and investments, to only mention a few, he continued.  “After practically one year since I arrived in Dhaka, I still feel like one of the first foreigners who washed upon the shores of the Bay of Bengal, near Chittagong to discover a civilization and a land of beauty,” he added.

He said Bangladesh is a land of waters, colors, taste, scents, sounds, music, poetry and a range of infinite substances and forms that caresses the senses of any traveller.

“So day after day, week after week till today, I feel that there is so much more to discover and uncover,” he added.

The ambassador said he can see that things are really moving after one year of his arrival and a group of brilliant Bengali businessmen are working on the establishment of a Bangla Brazil Chamber of Commerce (BBCC).       

In São Paulo, on the other side of the “river”, there are echoes of the same movement, he continued.

Everyone involved in Brazil and Bangladesh agreed that direct trade is the first step to increase exchange relations and overcome the growing costs of trade and price manipulation of intermediaries, he noted.

“I have been witnessing a growing movement of entrepreneurs going from Bangladesh to Brazil and others from Brazil to Bangladesh,” he added.

He also mentioned that further this month, there will be a business seminar at the Long Beach Suites Hotel in Dhaka on animal feeding with companies and association from Brazil and Bangladesh.

With all this inter oceanic dynamics, the result is that, the bilateral trade in just one year grew over 600 million dollars, he maintained.

“We almost reached the ceiling of $2 billion,” he added. The ambassador said he hoped that with the creation of a trade sector at the Embassy and another one at our future honorary consulate in Chittagong, both Bengali and Brazilian companies will have a better support.

He also mentioned that more great surprises and interesting new developments lie ahead in other areas also like football.

“After my wondrous experience during a World Cup in Bangladesh (Manikganj and Narayanganj), I do declare that Brazil has the “moral duty” to contribute to football development in this country,” he added.