The initiative is led by federal deputy Maria Rosas (Republicans-SP), and the ceremony was attended by ambassadors and authorities
By Marcel Salim
The Brazil-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Group, chaired by federal deputy Maria Rosas (Republicans-SP), was launched on September 12 in the Noble Hall of the Chamber of Deputies. The primary goal of the initiative is to further strengthen the relationship between the two nations, enhance trade relations, foster exchanges in the fields of culture, tourism and science and technology, as well as share publications and good practices on legislative work.
Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CCBC) took part in the launch, along with the presence of the Canadian Ambassador to Brazil, Emmanuel Kamarianakis, the Brazilian Ambassador to Canada, Carlos França, and the CCBC’s Director of Institutional Relations, Paulo de Castro Reis, among other dignitaries.
“I took the initiative to set up the Brazil-Canada Friendship Group because of the significant importance of this great nation. Both countries have a solid and long-standing investment relationship. Canada is one of the largest investors in Brazil, and Brazil is Latin America’s largest investor in Canada, besides being Canada’s third largest trading partner in the Americas,” stated deputy Maria Rosas.
Paulo de Castro Reis pointed out that many people have yet to realize that Canada is already a major partner for Brazil, with substantial investments in strategic sectors such as agribusiness, infrastructure, mining, aerospace and defense, among others. According to the executive, bilateral trade has been growing significantly, but there is still considerable untapped potential.
He further added that the CCBC is forming a government relations group that will work closely with the Brazil-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Group to facilitate this dialogue even more.
“One of our common objectives is to help identify and share the full potential and opportunities that the Brazil-Canada relationship can offer, which are often overlooked by Brazilian companies and institutions,” concluded Paulo de Castro Reis.