Mato Grosso do Sul’s actions in pursuit of sustainable development, reinforcing the Government’s proposal to be a green, prosperous and inclusive State, can expand the State’s space in exports to the European Union. This positive vision was evidenced today (25) by the ambassador of the European Union, Ignacio Ybañez, who met with the secretary of Semadesc (State Secretariat for the Environment, Economic Development, Science and Innovation), Jaime Verruck, and with the president of Fiems (Federation of Industries of Mato Grosso do Sul), Sérgio Longen. The event had the participation of the international entourage, with the participation of 10 countries.
In 2022, bilateral trade between Mato Grosso do Sul and the European Union was quite significant, totaling US$926,280,751 in exports and US$86,725,581 in imports. This resulted in a robust positive balance of US$839,555,170, indicating a trade surplus favorable to the Brazilian state.
“Mato Grosso do Sul demonstrates the will to ensure production with full respect for environmental issues, but also has this transformation effort and really to increase commercial and industry numbers with sustainability”, highlighted the ambassador.
According to him, during the presentation of data on the state’s industry and exports by the Fiems technical team, the EU entourage could see that Mato Grosso do Sul, through these policies, is managing to increase the participation of the industrial sector in its production and also in the format of foreign trade. “From this point of view, for us, the example of Mato Grosso do Sul is undoubtedly very positive and that justifies the reason why we chose to visit the State”, he added.
“We think that here we have many good examples of production. These meetings are serving to demonstrate that this is the way to truly transform the country, to invest in Brazil’s development, and to do so in a way that is respectful of the environment. Now, knowing more about the MS economy and industry, and also this morning, we had the opportunity to hear from the governor that the State seeks development without forgetting anyone along the way. It is really this part of inclusivity that I think is very important for us”, he stressed.
The delegation that arrived in the state today is made up of representatives from Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Croatia, Denmark, Portugal, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Cyprus and Poland, in addition to the ambassador of the European Union.
According to secretary Jaime Verruck, who represented governor Eduardo Riedel at the Fiems meeting, one of the most discussed points with the international delegation was the need to sign the Mercosur-EU Agreement.
“What we saw today in the presentation and in the ambassador’s speech is that the Mercosur agreement can benefit the State, precisely because of what has been implemented in terms of pulp and meat production, but in a sustainable way. This may lead to an increase in exports from Mato Grosso do Sul to the European Union”, he stressed.
Verruck highlighted that during the meeting, the demand for production to be increasingly focused on good practices and respect for environmental issues became even more evident.
“It was highlighted at the meeting that the Mercosur-EU Agreement is now very much linked to environmental issues. In other words, the agreement did not progress as expected in terms of trade, because the European Union has established certain environmental criteria for exports. The ambassador highlighted today was that he saw Mato Grosso do Sul with very aligned policies on this environmental issue. So MS would probably be one of the states in this process of expanding trade relations”, he pointed out.
The secretary also pointed out that the relevance of climate change policies established in Mato Grosso do Sul was discussed. “They are very much in line with what the EU wants. And the Industry Federation itself also showed its Neutral Carbon Program specifically aimed at the sector. All this contributes to achieving our goal by 2030, with the industry assuming its role in public policy regarding carbon neutralization”, he concluded.
Rosana Siqueira, from Semadesc
Photos: Alvaro Rezende
Source: MS Government
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