Lebanon President to Visit Brazil, the Country with Most Lebanese Immigrants

Lebanon president Michel SuleimanLebanese president, Michel Suleiman, should visit Brazil this year. According to the consul general of the Arab country to São Paulo, Joseph Sayah, the date has not yet been defined, but may be in the second half of April.

According to Sayah, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva invited his Lebanese colleague to come to Brazil one year ago. The diplomat added that Suleiman was inaugurated in the office a little over a year and a half ago and now plans to start traveling to several countries. There is special interest in Brazil, as the country houses the main Lebanese community in the world.

Sayah, who has been the country’s consul general to São Paulo for over eight years, pointed out the good relations between Lebanon and Brazil and the Lebanese immigrants and descendants who live in the country. “The community has been developing wonderful work,” he pointed out.

In the commercial area, he said that there is little business and the trade balance results in a surplus for Brazil.

According to figures supplied by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazilian exports to Lebanon generated US$ 310.6 million last year, growth of 13.4% over 2008. The main products shipped were raw meats, live cattle, coffee, semi products in iron and steel, diesel oil, cashew nuts, sugar, processed meats, paper, vehicles and auto parts.

On the other lane, Brazil imported only US$ 1.4 million from Lebanon in 2009, against US$ 53.5 in the previous year. In 2008, the trade basket included mainly fertilizers. Last year, there was import of plastics, food products and marble.

Sayah said that an economic and commercial cooperation agreement was signed between both countries in 2003. Up to now, however, the treaty has not been put in place. The diplomat said that he hopes it may be placed into practice with the visit of Suleiman, which would help expand trade.




You May Also Like

Organic Products Grow in Brazil, But Brazilians See Little of It

The foreign market is the main target of Brazilian organic product farmers. Of the ...

A Full Last Day in Paris for Brazil’s Lula with Several High Level Meetings

On the final day of his visit to France, today, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio ...

Boeing 737 wreckage found in Brazil's Amazon jungle

Brazil’s Worst Air Accident Ever Reveals How Arrogant the US Can Be

The Gol’s Boeing fall on September 29 lasted about two minutes and a half. ...

US and China Join Forces to Defeat Brazil and G4 at UN

China’s ambassador to the United Nations says Washington and Beijing have agreed to work ...

Brazil Revamping Tourism Infrastructure in Preparation for 2014 World Cup

In preparation for the World Cup in 2014 and in an effort to strengthening ...

Brazil’s Wilderness Gets Satellite Phone

Texas-based CapRock Communications, a global provider of industrial-grade satellite communication services, announced February 22 ...

The Twilight of the Gods in Manaus

A German Ring in the Brazilian Rainforest: Part II

For the record, the Brazilian operatic event of the year – the Teatro Amazonas’ ...

Brazil Says FARC Guerrillas Have Base in Brazilian Territory

According to secret Federal Police reports, extracts of which were published Sunday by daily ...

Brazil Is in Iraq Trying to Drum Up Business

Through the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce Brazil is  participating in the Kurdistan DBX ...

Benchmark Rate Goes Up 8th Time in a Row in Brazil

Latin American equities leapt on the session, although trading was somewhat lighter, as Brazilian ...