International Relations Commission discusses relationship between Brazil and the United Kingdom

International Relations Commission discusses relationship between Brazil and the United Kingdom
International Relations Commission discusses relationship between Brazil and the United Kingdom

Meeting of the International Relations Committee this Thursday (22/9)

EMANUEL BELMIRO
FROM THE WRITING

Political and commercial relations between Brazil and the United Kingdom were discussed at the meeting of the Extraordinary Commission on International Relations held this Thursday (22/9), which was attended by representatives of Britcham (British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brazil) and the United Kingdom Consulate in the city of São Paulo.

The meeting began with a presentation made by the president of Britcham, Ana Paula Vitelli, who highlighted how Brazil can further expand trade relations with the British. “50% of what the UK imports is food and drink, so there is a lot of opportunity for agricultural products, more processed products. Brazil needs to look at this agenda of opportunities and, with that, expand the range of products in this line. And take the opportunity to make cooperation agreements that can bring these two countries closer together with technology exchanges related to the environment, green hydrogen, carbon, wind energy”, said Vitelli.

The executive director of Trade and Investment at the United Kingdom Consulate in the city of São Paulo, Martin Whalley, was asked about the changes that may occur after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the arrival of King Charles III to power. Whalley assured that the new king will follow the same regnal line as the former English sovereign. “The new king, Charles III, has had 50 years to prepare to assume this responsibility. Part of his life was dedicated to this moment. So I believe there won’t be many changes. The figure of the monarch has changed, but the country will remain the same”, he stressed.

The acting deputy consul of the United Kingdom, Georgina Ayre, took the opportunity to also talk about what to expect from the country’s government policy with the new prime minister, Liz Truss, who took office earlier this month. “Despite being a new leader, the party remains the same even because there were no general elections. So it creates this sense of continuity that is so important for the UK right now. Prime Minister Liz Truss has a wealth of experience. Even before taking up this position, she was at the Ministry of International Affairs,” Georgina said.

Also during the meeting, a request was approved by the president of the Commission, councilor Cris Monteiro (NOVO), requesting information from the municipal secretariats for Human Rights, Social Assistance and Development, Education and International Relations on the situation of Afghan refugees who came to the city of São Paulo. “We, as civil society, the Executive and Legislative Powers, have the obligation to receive these people in a dignified, civilized and humanitarian way. That’s why it’s important to know how the City Hall has been dealing with these immigrants who already come from a refugee condition that is very hard for any population. Hence the importance of being aware of the situation of these Afghans in our city”, defended Monteiro.

This Tuesday’s meeting, which can be seen in full here, was led by councilor Cris Monteiro (NOVO) and was attended by councilors Aurélio Nomura (PSDB), André Santos (REPUBLICANOS) and Arselino Tatto (PT).


The article is in Portuguese

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