Brazil’s Foreign Minister visits Poland
“Our cooperation draws on the presence of a strong community of Polish descent living in Brazil, who were settling here beginning with the 19th century. In Brazil, they found their second homeland, but today they also maintain links with Poland,” Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said after his meeting with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo of Brazil.
The visit of the Federative Republic of Brazil’s top diplomat to Warsaw confirms the good state of bilateral relations and the will to take them further, also through contacts at the highest level. The ministers discussed prospects for political dialogue, the need to boost economic cooperation and to expand the legal and treaty base. They also explored the possibilities for developing cooperation in the area of defence.
Brazil is one of Poland’s major trading partners in South America. Polish companies in Brazil operate in the furniture, chemical, automotive, online and railway industries. “We want to further increase our trade with Brazil, specifically to boost our exports to Brazil, and spur Polish and Brazilian businesses and investments,” said Poland’s foreign policy chief. Both sides agreed that concluding an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation is an incentive to start a business and invest. Poland and Brazil intend to foster cooperation in culture, science and technology, with the help of their institutes and academic and research centres.
The ministers also looked at international affairs, including the situation in Venezuela. The protracted political crisis in this country affects the stability of Latin America and the Caribbean and has tangible economic and humanitarian consequences. “We share the international community’s position that interim President Juan Guaidó guarantees stability. We would like Venezuela to return to a democratic path,” stressed the Polish foreign minister.
Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also expressed Poland’s support for Brazil’s efforts to formally open the accession process to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Poland and Brazil also hope that negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) will soon finalize, helping increase trade between the two blocs.
Minister Araújo, who headed the Brazilian delegation to the Ministerial to Promote Peace and Security in the Middle East, which was organized jointly by Poland and the US in Warsaw in February, expressed his interest in joining the Warsaw Process, specifically the working group on the fight against terrorism and its illegal financing.
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