Arab Chamber presented opportunities in Goiás state

20 de setembro de 2017

São Paulo – The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce told executives about existing business opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa this Wednesday (20) at a seminar in the Federation of Industries of the State of Goiás (FIEG). In Goiânia, the Chamber’s CEO Michel Alaby delivered the lecture “How to do business with Arab countries” to a 70-strong audience.

“Maybe we will find exporters of poultry to Kuwait and of beef to Egypt,” Alaby said after announcing that a Kuwaiti enterprise is looking to import 12 shipping containers’ worth of poultry, as well as reiterating that Egypt’s Ministry of Defense is still seeking suppliers of beef and livestock.

Arab Chamber commercial advisor Hans Lazarte Lima travelled with Alaby to Goiás and will remain in the state on Thursday (21) to make visits to companies interested in doing business with Arab countries. Besides personnel from meat packing companies, the seminar was attended by people in the pharmachemicals, cosmetics, wood and agricultural commodities industries.

The manager of FIEG’s International Business Center, Plínio Viana, said that the seminar had an excellent reception by the audience. He pointed out that, in addition to people from Goiás, entrepreneurs from Mato Grosso and Pará also attended. “There was a strong interest,” he said. Also at the table were FIEG president Pedro Alves de Oliveira and Foreign Trade Council chairman Jaime Canedo.  

According to Viana, attendees were interested especially in the halal certification process, which certifies that the exported goods was produced according the Islamic tradition. This service is done in Brazil by specialized certification bodies. Pharma and cosmetics sector entrepreneurs express the most interested, since many meat exporters are already certified. 

Alaby also said some of those in the audience told of successful deals they had with Arabs, such as an entrepreneur who exported 100 tons of beans to Egypt. “We promised to come back next year for another event,” he said. 

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum & Sérgio Kakitani