An inaugural meeting of Pakistan Brazil Parliamentary Friendship group was held here at the Parliament House on Wednesday with the Convener Senator Sitara Ayaz in the chair. The meeting was attended by Senator Maula Bux Chandio, Senator Keshoo Bai, Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Ambassador of Brazil H.E. Claudio Lins
Brazilian Ambassador termed the meeting as highly useful and much needed to promote the linkages and partnership between the two countries. He said Pakistan and Brazil are similar in the sense that we share cultures who are inspired by widespread ethnicities and cultures. He told the friendship group about the possibility of learning from Brazilian experience in production of ethanol to meet energy needs and building linkages between the higher education institutions teaching agriculture and using the innovative technologies in agriculture. He also termed the soccer balls produced in Pakistan as the best in the world which are exported to Brazil in huge numbers. The ambassador told the group that the president of the Itaipu Dam has expressed his interest in entertaining a Pakistani delegation of professionals and technicians who can learn from Brazil in its hydro electricity production and can share information on Pakistan’s energy and water needs by experience sharing from South America’s biggest dam.
Director General Americas from the Foreign Office Bilal Haye gave an introductory country profile of Brazil and told that the diplomatic relations between the two countries go back to 1948. Both countries have a good bilateral trade volume but the trade balance is currently highly in favour of Brazil with Brazil’s exports to Pakistan of 469 US $ million and Pakistan’s exports to Brazil 67 US$ million. It was agreed that more trade missions can help realign the balance of trade between the two countries. Dearth of high level visits and limited political engagements was also discussed. Pakistan has friendship groups in both houses and the Brazilian Parliament is being encouraged through the Pakistani Embassy to have a friendship group. Pakistan can learn a lot on innovative technologies in agriculture sector from Brazil and recently a Brazilian delegation visited Pakistan and met with a wide range of stakeholders.
Convener of the group and the members appreciated the presentation made by the ambassador and DG Americas and called for enhanced and more frequent Parliamentary linkages to address the aspects covered in the presentations and to enhance the trade volume in all ways possible.