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Pakistan Wants Fuel Partnership with Brazil

According to the Minister of Foreign Trade and to the president of the Export Promotion Organization of Pakistan, Tariq Ikran, Brazilian oil giant Petrobras and the Pakistani state-owned Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), are negotiating a joint venture for exploration of oil and gas on the Pakistani coast.

Pakistan is interested in establishing partnerships with Brazil in the areas of oil, gas and ethanol. “This subject is being discussed,” said Ikran. He was in São Paulo April 19 heading a diplomatic and business mission.

Although Pakistan is not an Arab country, 95% of the population is Muslim. Ikran took advantage of his visit to the capital of the state of São Paulo, in southeastern Brazil, to visit the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (CCAB) and was received by the president of the organization, Antonio Sarkis Jr.

The possibility of agreements between Petrobras and the Pakistani oil company is the direct consequence of the visit Pervez Musharraf, president of the Asian country, took to Brazil in November 2004.

According to Ikran, the Pakistani government decided that it was time to transform the good political relations with Brazil and other South American countries into stronger commercial exchange.

According to information supplied by a spokesperson for Petrobras, during his visit, Musharraf invited the Brazilian company to send a representative to Pakistan, with the objective of analysing the existing business opportunities.

Two company technicians were recently in Pakistan and were met by the country minister of Oil and Natural Resources, Amanullah Khan Jadoon.

“At the occasion, the minister stated to Petrobras that Pakistan would like the Brazilian company to take advantage of the opportunities the country is offering for exploration and production of oil, mainly offshore, an activity in which Petrobras experience is of international renown,” according to a statement the company published yesterday.

Pakistan is currently promoting a process of privatization that involves the sale and share control of companies like PLL.

According to Ikran, his country is also interested in obtaining technology that Brazil has already dominated in systems for compression of natural gas, production of ethanol for use as vehicle fuel and in the chemical industry.

Sugarcane is one of the main agricultural products of Pakistan. “Our private sector is already talking to businessmen here,” he said.


In São Paulo, the Minister had two main objectives. In the first place, participation in a conference that brought together the ambassadors and Pakistani commercial representatives based in South America. The target of the event was to discuss ways of expanding economic relations between the Asian country and the South American nations.

In the second place, Ikran lead a delegation of 18 Pakistani businessmen representing sectors like the textile, sports article, pharmaceutical product, cutlery, surgical equipment and others. According to him, Brazil imports many of these products in great quantity, but few from Pakistan.

Surgery instruments and sports equipment, like bags, are among the main products in the Pakistani trade basket with Brazil. Last year the Asian country exported a total of US$ 6.5 million to Brazil. In the first quarter of 2005, Brazilian imports of Pakistani products exceeded US$ 2 million.

The trade balance is very uneven, as Brazil exported the equivalent to US$ 97.5 million to the Asian country in 2004 and US$ 35.4 million in the first three months of this year. The growth is also uneven. Whereas Brazilian shipping rose 273% in the first quarter, imports of Pakistani products rose 61%.

In this sense, the Minister stated that he was visiting São Paulo to “create alliances and international agreements.” He met with representatives of a series of sector organizations and has already confirmed participation of Pakistani businessmen at Expo-Abras, the supermarket sector fair to take place in the second half. Ikran also articulated the presence of Brazilian companies at Export 2006, the foreign trade fair that is going to take place in his country.


Located in the center-south of Asia, Pakistan has frontiers with China, India, Afghanistan and Iran and its shoreline is bathed by the Arabian Sea. With a population of 149 million inhabitants, the country has a Gross Domestic Product of US$ 82 billion (World Bank figures of 2003), but it has been growing at rates of over 5% a year.

The service sector has a dominant participation in the country GDP, 53.2%, with agriculture and industry representing similar shares in the economy, respectively 23.5% and 23.3%.

The main agricultural products of the country are cotton, wheat, rice and sugarcane. In the case of industrialized products, the main products are textile, cement, fertilizer, ironworks, electronic equipment, surgery instruments and pharmaceutical products, among others.

ANBA – Brazil-Arab News Agency


  • Show Comments (16)

  • AbdulRauf

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  • Mohammad Adnan

    Director Coordination
    Dear Friends,
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  • Ishfaque Ahmed

    Bio Fuel
    Its pleasure to know that Pakistan and Brazilain Industries are working in the Field of Bio Fuel or Fuel Grade Ethanol, as this product is very much common in Brazil and Production in Pakistan in is also in good quantity, so it is better for a Brazialian Firm to join and to do the expriement of mixing of Fuel Ethanol with Petrol
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  • Hammad Yousuf

    dear sir

    i would like to get the complete information about biofuel. As i am working in the firm dealing with the bio chemicals and have good chance to promote this technology in Pakistan.
    Kindly advise any book or website for this purpose.
    best regards

  • Robert Braga

    Ethanol Production Technology
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  • lilly

    support the concept

    I am engineer and interested in this aspect of trade, but sorry to say that lobbying in pakistan for oil and sector is very strong and oppose to change. but keep our emotion high and trying for best

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  • Mohammad Adnan

    Bio fuel
    Dear friends i recently did research on production of biofuel in pakistan. I found that pakistan has the ability to produce largest amount of Biofuel. As i also noticed that with interval of time pakistan is also the largest bioethanole supplier to european country as well. I am also very happy to see the present policy and political stability about the Bio fuel.

  • M. Imran Arain

    Cooperation in Ethanol Production Technology
    Presently, the fuel ethanol industry is growing very fast in Pakistan. There is a French Company Maguin Interis whose technology is being used successfully in most of the units. As Brazil ethanol industry is also going on top of the world, the cooperation between both countries should be increased in this area also.Now-a-days, Dewan Distillery is on the top of the list of the units producing fuel ethanol. The others are Habib, Noon Sugar etc.

    The cooperation can be done in installation of new units with better technology giving better ethanol yield and use of new raw materials other than sugar cane molasses which is day by day decreasing.

  • Waqas

    I think its perfect Pakistan and Brazil should hold good relations to each other.
    Well in my view its perfect to have relationship between Pakistan and Brazil.Now the thing is both the countries should provide jobs oppertunitities to each other people.I belive it will really work perfectly because both countries belong to 3rd world and both know what they want.So i request both of Governaments to provide jobs oppertunities to the people of Pakistan and Brazil

  • Guest

    Dear sir,
    we are a firm looking to invest in ethanol fueling in Pakistan, and we are following the development with great interest. Kanwa representatives will be visiting brazil in july to seek coop. in this matter. We may be contacted via email: kanwa@kanwa.dk

  • Guest

    Mohammad Adnan
    Resepected Sir,
    I am a student of Bio energy and doing my specialization in the field of Bio fuel. Let me tell you that it will be better to ask from http://www.ACCIONA.esp a spanish company which is working world wide. if you need more information so my email address is adnankhan80pk@yahoo.com

  • Guest

    Name misspelt
    The name of the Pakistani Minister is Ikram and not Ikran !

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