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Media Release

PS Mara discusses agricultural & energy cooperation with Brazil

 

12 May 2011, Brasilia, Brazil: On the last day of his official visit in Brasilia, Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Solo Mara, met with Mr. Pedro Arraes, President of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Organisation (EMBRAPA) today to discuss the opportunities of cooperation between the two countries in the area of agriculture and renewable energy.

In his presentation at the meeting, Mr. Arraes explained the development of the agricultural industry in Brazil and how research by EMBRAPA has   immensely enhanced the productivity of the industry over the years, which in turn has made Brazil a major exporter of food products in the world. Mr. Arraes also outlined the various types of assistance that Brazil currently offers to developing countries through bilateral mechanisms and triangular cooperation. He further said that Brazil is eager to work with Fiji in the fields of its expertise with the view to providing technical assistance in the sectors of Fiji’s development needs.

Permanent Secretary Mara in his response stated that despite the geographical distance between the two countries, there are a lot of commonalities in the challenges that both countries face which they could cooperate on, and benefit from each other’s experiences, particularly in the area of agriculture and renewable energy. As an agricultural based economy, Fiji looks towards countries like Brazil to learn from its good practices and experiences to assist in the sustainable growth of Fiji’s agricultural industry and more so to meet the development needs of its economy and its people.

As a follow-up to the meeting, it was agreed that further discussions on technical cooperation would be held in Rome at the margins of the FAO Council meeting in June 2011.

[Photo caption: Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Solo Mara and First Secretary Fiji High Commission Australia Mrs. Cheryl Brown-Irava with EMBRAPA Officials]

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