Brazil closes agreement and will export melon to China

China will export pears to Brazil. The acts were signed during the Brics Summit, which takes place in Brasília

13.11.2019 | 20:59 (UTC -3)
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Brazil signed an agreement with China that makes it possible to export melons to the Asian country. In return, the Chinese will be able to sell pears to the Brazilian market. The acts were signed after a bilateral meeting between presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Xi Jinping, within the XI BRICS Summit, which began this Wednesday (13) in Brasília. Minister Tereza Cristina (Agriculture, Livestock and Supply) participated in the meeting.  

The melon export agreement is symbolic, as it is the first agreement with China on fruit. In addition to the diversification of agricultural exports to China (the majority of sales are soybeans and meat), the protocol has the potential to boost Brazilian fruit growing, mainly in the Northeast Region, which currently directs foreign sales to Europe. 

"The signed agreements and protocols of intention will be enhanced by us for the good of our people. China is increasingly part of Brazil's future", said President Jair Bolsonaro after the ceremony.

The measure was negotiated during a recent visit by President Bolsonaro and Minister Tereza Cristina to China. The minister said that negotiations with the Chinese go beyond the agreements signed today. According to her, the two countries agreed on the health certificate for the export of Brazilian cottonseed meal and are negotiating the export of soybean meal and the expansion of sales of Brazilian coffee to the Chinese.

"We have a joint work plan between Brazilian and Chinese agriculture. We already have several understandings in progress from our visits, but the partnership with China becomes more robust with today's meeting", stated the minister.

An action plan for agricultural collaboration was also signed, which provides for technology transfer, innovation, investment attraction and trade promotion between the two countries.  

Brics

Presided over by President Jair Bolsonaro, the XI BRICS Summit is held in Brasília this Wednesday and Thursday (14). President Vladimir Putin (Russia), Prime Minister Narendra Modi (India), President Xi Jinping (China) and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa will participate.

"This year, Brazil holds the current presidency of the Brics, under the motto 'Economic Growth for an Innovative Future'. The priority areas of work are: science, technology and innovation; digital economy; rapprochement between the Brics Business Council and the New Development Bank (NDB); health and combating corruption and terrorism", informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the summit, leaders will discuss ways to intensify intra-Brics cooperation. At the end, a declaration will address topics on the international agenda and cooperation within the grouping.

Bilateral meetings will be held over the two days between President Jair Bolsonaro and representatives of the other member countries. This Wednesday, there will be a closing session of the Brics Business Forum, which will bring together around 500 businesspeople from the five countries.

Minister Tereza Cristina is part of the Brazilian delegation and will participate in plenary sessions, bilateral meetings and the business forum. 

Bonito Letter

In September, the minister led the 9th Meeting of BRICS Agriculture Ministers, held in Bonito (MS). On that occasion, representatives of the five countries signed the OUR BEER Bonito, with 27 items that reiterate the commitment to cooperation in the agricultural area. Ministers affirmed the potential to enhance collaboration in the areas of food production, food security and environmental security.

According to the document, the BRICS countries are ready to strengthen mechanisms and improve communication on important international issues, such as encouraging new solutions to increase food production, entrepreneurship in startups agrotechnology, increased international trade, food security in developing countries and compliance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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