Ceará state, Brazil, wants to bring 1,000 CPLP business owners closer

22 July 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 22 July – The Portuguese-Brazilian chambers of commerce of the state of Ceará (Brazil) want to extend their activities to business owners from the eight member states of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), based on the example of Cape Verde.

The intention was stated by the chairman of the Council of Portuguese Chambers of Commerce in Brazil, Rómulo Soares, at the end of the presentation of the 5th Portuguese-Language Business Meeting, which will take place from 27 to 29 September in Fortaleza, the capital of the Brazilian state of Ceará with the presence of around 1,000 businesspeople.

“The idea is to extend existing relations between Portugal and Brazil to the other six CPLP states – Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor – following the recent creation of the Brazil-Cape Verde Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Tourism,” Soares told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

For now the priority is Cape Verde, with which Brazil has been boosting trade, and the volume of which currently totals around US$18 million (around 12.8 million euros) and Brazilian exports account for 90 percent of the total volume.

The aim is to boost relations between Brazil and Cape Verde, making use of the “geo-strategic platform” of the archipelago which, according to Soares, “can be a bridge between South America, Europe and Continental Africa.”

Ceará is, after Sao Paulo, the Brazilian state that does most trade with the Cape Verdean archipelago, with US$5 million, “small informal legal trade” totals almost double that figure, at US$1

The 5th Business Meeting in Fortaleza is also promoted b the Brazil-Portugal Chamber in Ceará – Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Government of the State of Ceará and also has the support of the Business Council of the CPLP and the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry. (macauhub)