The second Brazil Showcase event occurred at NSW Parliament House on Thursday 29 March 2017 to promote trade between Australia and Brazil and provide networking opportunities among existing and newly established businesses.
The event was co-hosted by the Consul-General of Brazil in Sydney and the Honourable Anthony Roberts MP and attended by 15 Brazilian companies, Members of NSW Parliament, diplomatic officials and media.
The event showcased business opportunities between two of the largest economies in the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and Brazil. It was designed to promote Brazil as the preferred partner for Australia in investment, trade, tourism, entrepreneurship, education, technology exchange and culture.
Brazil has become one of the largest sources of international students to Australia outside Asia (second only to China). At the same time, 50,000 Brazilian tourists visited NSW in the last 12 months and an equivalent amount of Australians traveled to Brazil over the same period.
Further, NSW is becoming a target hub of innovation and technology and Brazilian professionals are making their way there.
Speeches were made by: The Honourable Anthony Roberts MP; Consul-General of Brazil in Sydney His Excellency Mr Carlos de Abreu; President of the Australia Brazil Business Council Mr Gieuto Serafim; and Ambassador of Brazil to Australia His Excellency Mr Manuel Innocencio de Lacerda Santos Jr.
All speeches emphasized the similarities between Australia and Brazil in culture and economy, and stressed that distance should not be a barrier. Australia’s main trade partner is east Asia but Brazil is not that further away in distance and offers Australia many mutually beneficial two-way trade opportunities.
Guests were shown two videos about the World Chambers Congress Rio 2019 and on the growing IT expertise of Brazil.
There was also a Bossa Nova performance by musicians Marcos Caetano and Lilian Amarai.
Brazilian food was provided by Parliamentary Catering Service. Guests drunk Brazilian wine which included: 2014 Salton Intenso Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier; 2012 Salton Paradoxo Merlot and Brazil Intenso Brut.
Guests were also very lucky to mingle with a famous Brazilian footballer who plays with Sydney FC in the A-League, Deyvison Rogerio da Silva, mostly known as Bobo.
For more information about doing business in Brazil, go to: http://www.aubrbc.org/