Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16 Nov – The Brazilian consulate in Guangzhou started operating Tuesday according to the Brazilian press, which reported that the diplomatic office was a long-awaited project of the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The consulate, which has an area of 500 square metres, will serve six provinces and one autonomous region, and it is intended to deal with thousands of Brazilian citizens living in the region and will make it easier to issue visas to Chinese citizens planning to visit Brazil who, until now, had to travel to Beijing or Shanghai to get a visa.
According to an estimate form the consulate there are at least 3,000 Brazilian citizens living in Guangdong province, most of which are from the state of Rio Grande do Sul and work in footwear factories in Dongguan.
As well as this, Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, is often visited by Brazilian businesspeople that are attracted by the Guangzhou Fair, the biggest export-import business fair in the world.
According to the consul-general, ambassador Kywal de Oliveira the Brazilian consulate in Guangzhou opened two years later than had initially been planned. (macauhub)