Brazilian Envoy Visits PM Stuart

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Special Envoy of Brazil’s President, Osmar Chofi delivering a letter from the President Dilma Rousseff, during the courtesy call at Government Headquarters on Monday.

Establishing closer ties between Brazil and Barbados and providing the expertise on how to convert sugar to ethanol were among the topics discussed, when the Special Envoy of Brazil’s President, Osmar Chofi, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

During the meeting at Government Headquarters at Bay Street on Monday, the Prime Minister said both countries would benefit from deeper relations with the introduction of GOL Airlines, direct service from Bridgetown to Sao Paulo.

Regarding the still to be concluded double taxation treaty, Ambassador Chofi gave an undertaking that it will be tackled by the new congress since "it is important to have it [double taxation treaty] so that both countries can benefit."

When asked about Brazil’s sugar industry, the Ambassador said the industry was fully mechanised and the conversion of sugar to ethanol was widespread.

Brazil’s Ambassador to Barbados, Claudio Appio Acquarone, who was also in attendance, disclosed that negotiations were ongoing with the private sector to establish an ethanol plant here.

Barbados and Brazil established diplomatic ties in 1971.??

jwilson@barbados.gov.bb

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