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Brazil and Egypt: Celebrating a Century of Diplomatic Ties and Strengthening Trade Relations

Brazil and Egypt celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations in 2024, with growing trade ties in meat exports and strategic agreements for bioenergy and innovation. The 'pre-listing' agreement eases meat export processes, boosting trade between the nations.

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Hadeel Hashem
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Brazil and Egypt: Celebrating a Century of Diplomatic Ties and Strengthening Trade Relations

Brazil and Egypt: Celebrating a Century of Diplomatic Ties and Strengthening Trade Relations

Brazil and Egypt: A Century of Diplomatic Ties and Growing Trade Relations

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A Century of Shared History and Economic Partnership

In 2024, Brazil and Egypt will celebrate a remarkable milestone: 100 years of diplomatic relations. Over this century, the two nations have forged a strong bond, with Egypt becoming Brazil's second-largest trading partner in Africa. Last year, bilateral trade between Brazil and Egypt amounted to a staggering US$2.8 billion.

As we look forward to the next chapter in this historic partnership, commercial exchanges are expected to grow even more with the opening of the Egyptian market to various Brazilian products. These include fish, poultry meat, cotton, bananas, and gelatin.

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Moreover, discussions are underway to establish an air route between São Paulo and Cairo, which will further strengthen ties and facilitate travel between the two nations.

Brazilian President's Week-long Visit to Africa

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva embarked on a week-long trip to Africa, with Egypt as a significant stop on his itinerary. This visit underscores the importance Brazil places on its relationship with Egypt, as the two nations work towards signing bilateral agreements in bioenergy and innovation.

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The trip also aims to fortify trade ties, focusing on meat exports – a crucial aspect of Brazil's economy.

Strategic 'Pre-listing' Agreement to Boost Meat Exports

A strategic 'pre-listing' agreement between Brazil and Egypt is set to simplify the export process for Brazilian beef, pork, and poultry. By recognizing the equivalence of Brazil's meat inspection systems with those of Egypt, this agreement will significantly ease the export process.

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This development comes after a successful November visit to Cairo by Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Mapa) delegation, which initiated discussions on the matter.

As Brazil and Egypt continue to strengthen their partnership, the future looks promising for both nations. With increased trade and collaboration in various sectors, this historic relationship is poised to enter its next century with renewed vigor and shared prosperity.

In summary, Brazil and Egypt's century-long diplomatic relationship is marked by growing trade ties, particularly in meat exports. The strategic 'pre-listing' agreement reached during President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's recent visit to Egypt will further boost this partnership, recognizing the equivalence of Brazil's meat inspection systems with those of Egypt and simplifying the export process for Brazilian beef, pork, and poultry. As these two nations celebrate their shared history and look toward a future of collaboration, the potential for mutual growth and success is immense.

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