Brazil’s Vice Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mr. Ivan Ramalho, and Norway’s Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ms. Dilek Ayhan, have led the fourth Economic Commission between the two nations.
The meeting took place this week in Brasilia. The topics of discussion included strengthened relations between the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The first meeting of representatives from both economic blocs will take place in June 8-9, 2015 in Switzerland.
The participants discussed matters involving bilateral economic cooperation, especially within the oil&gas, martime, fishing&aquaculture industries, besides new areas and opportunities for collaboration. In addition to that, research was brought up to the discussions. The Norwegian delegation highlighted the progress in technological cooperation within oil&gas by the Research Council of Norway, FINEP and CNPq.
“Brazil is Norway’s most important cooperation partner in Latin America and the country becomes steadily more important for Norwegian business. Commerce between the two nations has long traditions. Early in the 19th century, we already exchanged bacalao for coffee. Today, Brazil and Norway have a comprehensive business cooperation, especially within the oil&gas and maritime sectors. Companies from other sectors such as Hydro, Yara and Statkraft have strong presence. We aim fo…r further strengthening of our business and commercial political cooperation with Brazil and this is a consistent theme during my visit to Brazil this week. Yesterday, a new meeting of the Economic Commission between Norway and Brazil took place in Brasilia. This is an important arena to discuss trade possibilities and challenges. The previous meeting was organized in Oslo last year, and I am content that we have re-established this commission that had been stopped for more than 30 years.” – Dilek Ayhan, Norwegian Deputy Minister for Trade, Industry and Fisheries.