A Brazilian Voice Against US and EU Protectionism

The governor of the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, Germano Rigotto, asked the Arab diplomats present at the 6th Ambassador Meeting in state capital Porto Alegre to join Brazil in the fight against foreign trade barriers.

“Our countries should fight together against protectionism barriers, which impoverish the world and distort the international market,” said Rigotto.


To an audience of businessmen, the Gaúcho (of the state of Rio Grande do Sul) governor stated that international trade should have clearer and fairer rules.


The developing countries were victorious in this respect at the beginning of August, at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


The North Americans, Europeans and Japanese committed themselves to start eliminating agriculture subsidies, funds they provide their farmers and that reduce the price of a series of products on the foreign market.


One of the Arab countries, Egypt, is a member, together with Brazil and other agricultural nations, of the G-20, a group fighting against rich nation subsidies in the scope of the WTO.


The organization recently granted Brazil a victory with regard to the subsidies that the United States gives its cotton farmers. In the same line, the WTO condemned the European sugar subsidies, answering to a plea by Brazil, Australia and Thailand.


Like Brazil, Egypt should be benefited if the subsidies are really eliminated, as the country is strong in cotton farming. Other Arab countries, among them Yemen and Sudan are also producers of the fibre.


Gaúcho Crop


Rio Grande do Sul, although it is not an exporter of cotton and sugar, products that receive the largest volume of subsidies, has a crop of 22 million tons of grain.


The state recently started exporting wheat, a product that Poland, a new European Union member, also produces. The Polish product started receiving subsidies this year.


Rio Grande do Sul has recently suffered losses with the temporary embargo that China imposed to Brazilian soy. Soy is the main state agricultural product, which had a 9 million ton harvest last year.


This year, the volume has dropped to 5.3 million tonnes due to the drought faced at the beginning of the year.


Integration


The Gaúcho governor also gave the Arab ambassadors a message of integration and peace.


“I see in the world of diplomacy, trade exchange, and business environment a set of indispensable factors for approximation and generation of peace, prosperity and justice,” he said.


Rigotto recalled that the Arab countries are located on two continents – Africa and Asia – and that the state has immigrants from both regions.


He mentioned the peaceful relations of various ethnic groups in the state, including the Arabs, as an example of integration.


“In Rio Grande, the peoples of these two continents meet and are actively present, living in harmony among themselves and among other ethnic groups, generating the multi-cultural aspect of the people of Rio Grande,” he said to the ambassadors.


ANBA – Brazil-Arab News Agency

Tags:

You May Also Like

Pssst! Wanna Buy a Brazilian Franchise?

Brazilian franchises will get federal government support to expand to international markets. A group ...

Brazil Fears Its Air Transportation May Collapse During 2014 World Cup

The executive aviation market in Brazil is growing. Today the fleet is of 1,650 ...

Brazil’s First Effort to Coordinate State and National Industrial Policies

Seminar "Industrial Development Strategy in the States" is going to take place on August ...

Looking for Love, Enlightenment and Justice in the Land of Brazil – Chapter II

Hotel Arara loomed in the recesses amongst the towering foliage at the Rio Negro’s ...

Brazil Teaches Africans and Venezuela How to Be Self-Sufficient in Food

The purpose of the overseas offices of Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, is ...

Export area of Cumbica Airport in São Paulo, Brazil

For All Its WTO Haggling Brazil Will Get US$ 160 Million… in Loss.

Although official estimates of developing country benefits of the current world trade talks are ...

Blue Blood

Due to his self-confidence the Fila Brasileiro shows a calm disposition as long as ...

Brazil Petrobras Reaches Close to 2.4 Million Barrels of Oil a Day

Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras produced an average of 1,854,748 barrels of oil per ...

After Decades of Neglect Brazil Starts Studies for 150 New Technical Schools

More than 150 technical schools will start being implemented in Brazil, starting January 2008. ...

Brazilian Oil Spill Hurts 3,000 Fishermen

The State Environmental Control Commission from the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro ...

WordPress database error: [Table './brazzil3_live/wp_wfHits' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]
SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `wp_wfHits`