Morocco is a “strategic” partner for Brazil, said on Monday the President of this South American country, Jair Bolsonaro, who welcomed the “important political rapprochement” between the two countries.
Bolsonaro, who spoke by videoconference at the Brazil-Arab Countries Economic Forum, stressed that Morocco is an “essential” supplier of fertilizers for Brazilian agribusiness, recalling the investment facilitation agreement signed in 2019 between the Kingdom and Brazil.
“Morocco, with which we are experiencing an important political rapprochement, constitutes a strategic partner for Brazil and for our agriculture, in that it is an essential supplier of fertilizers”, he said.
On the other hand, the Brazilian president estimated that relations between Brazil and Arab countries are experiencing their “best historical moment”. “The quality of political relations allow us to open up new areas of cooperation in strategic sectors such as science, technology, innovation and energy,” he insisted.
The cooperation has had positive spillover effects on development and investment, added Bolsonaro, praising the momentum for Arab investments in Brazil.
“The exchanges intensified even during the pandemic of the new coronavirus to strengthen these relations and we have taken measures to encourage post-pandemic economic cooperation,” said the Brazilian head of state, for whom the economic reforms taken by his countries will help attract more investment.
In this sense, he expressed his desire to “take advantage of the enormous potential that remains to be explored in the most diverse sectors and open up new spaces for dialogue and cooperation” with these countries.
The opening ceremony of this forum, organized online due to the restrictions linked to the pandemic, was marked by the participation in particular of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita and the secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Abou Al-Gheït.
Organized by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce under the theme “The future is now”, the event, which takes place from October 19 to 22, 2020, is held in collaboration with the Union of Arab Chambers and the support of the Arab League.
The event aims to promote and strengthen commercial and cultural relations between Brazil and Arab countries, offering a reflection on how these relations can develop and strengthen in a sustainable way.