Portuguese prime minister to inaugurate in Brazil center to distribute Portuguese products

3 August 2006

Brasilia, Brazil, 03 Aug – Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates is to inaugurate on 9 August in Sao Paulo a virtual center for the distribution of Portuguese products in Brazil, at the start of a four-day visit focusing on economic issues, a Brazilian offical said Thursday.

The visit is the first by José Sócrates as head of the Portuguese government. It begins Tuesday in Brasilia, where the next day he will meet with Brazilian President Lula da Silva, and also includes visits to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s European Department, Maria Edileusa Fontenele Reis, told Portugal’s Lusa news agency that the installation of an electronic platform for Portuguese products in Brazil is part of the strategy to increase commercial exchanges between the two countries.

The virtual center will be opened by José Sócrates in Sao Paulo on the second day of the visit. It will be backed by Cisa Trading, Brazil’s biggest import-export firm.

The diplomat added that it is one more step in the strategy to increase commercial exchanges, following the opening on 20 June in Vialonga (Lisbon) of the Center for the Distribution of Brazilian Products of the Agency to Promote Exports and Investment (Apex).

With an area of two thousand square meters, the Brazilian distribution center is an infrastructure for storage and business logistics launched with 80 registered companies out a a total of 165, and will target the Portuguese, Spanish and African markets.

Cooperation between Brazil and Portugal in the biofuels (ethanol and bio-diesel) area, specifically for the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (known as PALOPs), is another item on the agenda of this visit. (macauhub).