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‘Let’s Meet: Food & Beverage’,

a virtual event with Brazilian suppliers in the food and beverage industry.

The online event will take place from November 30th to December 4th, 2020.


Let’s Meet: Brazil, Food & Beverage gives micro, small and medium-sized companies in the food and beverage industry in Brazil the opportunity to participate in a business roundtable with international buyers in a totally virtual reality. The initiative will be carried out in partnership with the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – ConnectAmericas, the MyBusinessMatches platform, the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service, and the UK -Brazil Trade Prosperity Fund.

Kindly visit https://mbmgo.com/event/letsmeetfoodbr for more information and registration.

For enquiries, please contact:

Trade Promotion Sector

Consulate General of Brazil in Lagos
Plot 257, Kofo Abayomi Street

Victoria Island, Lagos

Tel:      + (234) 1 271-0351

The Nigeria-Brazil Chamber of Commerce has elected a new council to lead the association for the next three years. Voted as its new President is Chief (Dr.) Alex Okafor.

He succeeds Mr. Emmanuel Ibru, who has led the body very successfully for two consecutive terms.

The election of the new officers which was supervised by the outgoing Vice President, Barrister Matthew Chinedu was part of the programme scheduled for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association in Lagos .

Also elected at the meeting as Vice President is Ambassador Peter Isibor, Chairman Peterson Clor Industries, who will serve as Vice President.

Other officers elected as directors in the council were Mr. Macdonald Okaeru, CEO Come Homes Properties Limited, Peter Mamedu, Tony D. Nkem and Chukwu Uzonna Ebe Juo.

Acknowledging the strides the chamber has achieved in it’s over a decade of doing business, outgoing Vice President, Matthew Chinedu, noted that in the past few years the chamber has been able to undertake group business visits to meet with the business community in Brazil.

He commended the Brazilian embassy for facilitating some of the visits, adding that the gesture include exhibitions mounted in Nigeria by visiting Brazilian technical sector .

Thanking members of the chamber for his election, Okafor, who is also the Executive Chairman of the Chicason group, said that as a pioneer member of the chamber he is determined to take the association to higher heights along with members of the new executive.

Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, has said Nigeria and Brazil would work together to double their bilateral trade volume by 2015.

The Brazilian President, Ms. Dilma Rousseff, had told journalists after a two -hour closed door meeting with her Nigerian counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja, at the weekend, that the volume of trade between Brazil and Nigeria stood at $9 billion at the end of 2012.

Fielding questions from journalists after a bilateral trade meeting with the Brazilian Minister of State, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mr. Fernando Damata Pimenta, and his delegation, Aganga said the two countries had agreed to leverage their strong bilateral ties to significantly increase trade and investment inflows into both countries.

He said: “The trade volume between both countries has increased significantly over the years. Brazil is our number three trading partner in terms of crude oil exports after the United States of America and India. In terms of imports from Brazil, most of our rice, sugar and automobiles come from Brazil.

“So, Nigeria has had a good trading relationship with Brazil for a very long time now. The Brazilian Minister of State, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and I will work together to double the trade volume between Nigeria and Brazil by 2015.”

Aganga also said Nigeria would partner Brazil in order to convert its rich raw material resources into finished products, in line with the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan.

“During our meeting, we discussed our economic relationship and how we could strengthen and deepen this relationship, especially in strategic areas where we want to develop and where Brazilian companies  could invest and help to develop the economy of our country. We also discussed about our Industrial Revolution Plan, through which we want to move away from a country that exports raw materials to a country that will export finished goods by developing our value chain, particularly in the sectors where we have competitive and comparative advantage.

“We also looked at how Brazil could take advantage of the huge opportunities that are yet to be  fully tapped as contained  in our new Sugar Master Plan.  We have agreed on the next step which involves trade and investment missions from Brazil to Nigeria. Also, we are looking at setting up the Brazil Nigeria Trade and Investment Council to be able to drive trade and investment inflows into both countries,” Aganga added.

The minister added that the meeting also highlighted the critical role of aviation in trade facilitation, noting that both countries were working on the possibility of having airlines travelling directly from Nigeria to Brazil in the very near future.

“Currently, it takes about 24 hours to travel to Brazil instead of about six hours. This is not good for trade and investment. We have both agreed to accelerate this and get it done as quickly as possible,” he said.

In his remarks, Pimenta pointed out that Brazilian investors were eager to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Nigeria.

“Nigeria and Brazil have many things in common. Nigeria is part of our history and common future of our growth, development, peace and fraternity. Nigeria is a great nation and I feel very excited being here to discuss issues of mutual economic, trade and investment between Brazil and Nigeria,” the Brazilian minister said.

The FSDH Research in its economic forecast for Nigeria, which was released last week, said that with the ongoing reforms in the power sector and the impressive growth in the non-oil potential of the country’s economy, Nigeria’s trade volume “is expected to jump to N35.05 trillion by the end of 2013.”

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mr. Mustafa Bello, in a paper presented highlighted the processes of doing business in Nigeria among which he said included business registration through NIPC.

He noted that there were reforms, which have taken place in Nigeria that will aid doing business in the country, stressing that government had established two business committee for doing business

Bello said apart from population which a great factor for doing business in Nigeria the country has others which include natural resources for raw materials

“We have natural resources, also the location of the country place it safe outside natural disaster zone. The rate of investment is very high in some cases we have over 17 per cent,” he stressed.

On his part, the President Nigeria-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Emmanuel Ibru, had lamented lack of direct link between the two countries.
“There is no longer a direct link as it used to be in the past this is one of the major area that the chamber is pursuing we been working on that and we think something positive will come up on it,” Ibru said.


The Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NBCC) on 26 March, 2014, at 6, Louis Solomon Close, Victoria Island, held its 2nd Annual General Meeting.

The President of the Chamber, Mr. Emmanuel Ibru in his welcome address, told members the giant strides the Chamber has made and many activities it also embarked on in the preceding year. Among these was the hosting of Chamber’s 1st Annual General Meeting in early February, 2013. Closely followed was the joint hosting with the Ministry of Trade and Investment of a Business Forum in Abuja on February 23, 2013 when Brazilian President, Ms. Dilma Roussef, accompanied by Brazilian businessmen and investors, came to Nigeria on a State Visit.

Again, when the new Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mr. Joao A Lima, resumed work, the Chamber’s President and three Directors, Ambassador Kayode Garrick, Alh. Ladan Jibrilu and Mr. Raymond I. Dibie, the Executive Secretary of the Chamber, paid a courtesy visit to him in Abuja. His Excellency received them warmly and promised his unalloyed support to the Chamber.

Other activities that were marked by the Chamber, according to Mr. Ibru, were a quarterly Breakfast Meeting that took place on July 31 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki; Brazilian National Day Celebration which some members of the Chamber attended; Brazilian Government led Trade Mission to Abuja on October 10, 2013 with about 15 Brazilian companies for a one day business match-making with Nigerian companies.

The climax of programme of activities for the Chamber was the Nigeria-Brazil Business and Investment Forum in Rio De Janeiro. The Business Forum which took place from November 25-29, 2013 was organized in conjunction with Nigerian Investment Promotion Council.

The success of the Chamber in the preceding year did not go without many challenges, among which was non or delayed payment of renewal of annual membership subscription.

He assured members that the Chamber is better positioned to serve them this year, especially with the  World Cup coming up in June, planned Trade Mission to Brazil later in the year amongst other rich business and social activities lined up.

Members of the Chamber had opportunity to ask questions and also made valid suggestions on how to move the Chamber forward. The Chamber’s Account Report was reviewed and adopted.


The Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NBCCI) held its 3rd Anniversary cocktail in Lagos on October 2, 2012.

Top dignitaries from both public and private sectors of the economy that graced the occasion held at Oriental Hotels, Lekki, Lagos include Mrs. Olusola S. Oworu, the Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, former Senior Special Assistant on Corporate Matters to Lagos State Governor and current Managing Director/CEO Lagos Ferry Maritime Industry Services Company, Mr. Babatunde Funsho-William, the Brazilian Acting Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jose Mario Ferreira Filho, the President, Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Ibru.

Others in attendance were Mr. Carlos Roorgues of Petrobra Nigeria, Balarabe Hassan of Bank of Industry, Ikeddy Isiguso of Vanguard Newspapers, and many other top company executives.

In his welcome address, the President of the Chamber, Mr. Ibru said the long historical ties between Nigeria and Brazil and their political and economic similarity make it imperative that the two countries earnestly pursue those values that will boost economic activities among them.

But be remarked that more is needed to be done to encourage balance of trade between the two countries. He said: “The total figure of bilateral trade between Nigeria and Brazil for 2011 stood at $9.6 billion. Nigerian import from Brazil was $1.2 billion while her export to Brazil was $8.4 billion.”

Mr. Filho, the Brazilian Acting Ambassador to Nigeria said Nigeria and Brazil have a lot to benefit if they mutually exploit the huge potentials that exist between them. According to him, the booming economy of Brazil can have a bear on Nigeria if strong bilateral relationship is maintained. The agricultural sector as well as the sports activities, especially the World Cup and the Olympics to be hosted by Brazil in 2014 and 2016 respectively, is major areas both Brazilian and Nigerian business community can tap into.

Among the strategies the Chamber has put in place to allow members to benefit fully are regular trade mission to Brazil as well as well as trade exhibitions in Nigeria, regular breakfast meeting and regular update of the Chambers website with timely information.

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A six-man delegation of the Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce & Industry – the President, Mr. Emmanuel N. O. Ibru, Ambassador Kayode Garrick, immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Brazil, Messrs Babatunde Williams, Senior Special  Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Corporate Matters,    Eric Oji (NIMASA Representative), Barrister Chuks Nwana of Chuks Nwana & Co., and Raymond I. Dibie, Executive Secretary of the Chamber – were on  a 10-day  Introductory  Visit to Brazil from 19th August, 2011.

At each stop, Mr. Ibru, the President of the NBCCI, introduced his team and gave a short presentation of the Chamber.

He explained that Nigeria has a lot of challenges and difficulties in the areas of industrialization, energy generation and distribution, agricultural production, processing and storage, roads and housing   provisions and other social infrastructures.  Indeed,  Nigeria  needs  foreign direct investments in these areas, and much more.

The Chamber visited and discussed with the following Government Departments and Agencies:

MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS (DEPT. OF TRADE & INVESTMENT): The Chamber visited this Ministry, where Minister Rubens Gama Dias Filho, Director of Trade & Investment Promotion, said,        among other things,  that Nigeria was  a very important trading partner with Brazil, and that because of Nigeria’s  great potentials, the Department would organize a trade mission to Nigeria next year.  The Chamber thanked him for   arranging  most of the appointments it had during the trip.

AGENCIA BRASILEIRA DE COOPERACAO (ABC) – Brazilian Agency for Cooperation:                   ABC is one of the several Secretariats/Departments under the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. It coordinates and implements South-South cooperation in Africa, Asia and Oceania, specifically, in the areas of technical assistance and the transfer of Brazilian technology.  Presently, they are doing two projects for Nigeria – on cassava and tropical fruits and are ready to do more.

BANCO NACIONAL DE  DESENVOLVIMENTO, ECONOMICO E SOCIAL (BNDES) – National Bank for Economic & Social Development:  BNDES is a 100% Government financed bank, engaged in long-term machinery and infrastructure equipment, project, export financing and equity investments.   It has an equity base of about $130 Billion and has been funding Brazilian growth since 1952.  It  had established yet to be utilized credit limits with four Nigerian Banks – UBA, GTB, First  and Zenith Banks and  would like to build further partnership with Nigeria.

APEX-BRASIL (Partner to exporters & investors):  Apex-Brasil is the Brazilian Trade & Investment Promotion Agency which bears the mission of promoting exports of Brazilian products and services, contributing to internationalize Brazilian companies and attracting foreign investments into Brazil.    Because of their efforts, Brazilian exports, in terms of foreign trade ended 2010 at US$201.9 billion and at 32% growth rate over 2009.  As a result of our visit, it has requested for more information to enable it target one of its yearly programmes to Nigeria.

PETROBRAS – At the meeting, the delegation discussed the dearth of infrastructure in Nigeria and the need for Petrobras to encourage other Brazilian companies to come and take advantage of the opportunities in Nigeria’s investment portfolio.

The delegation also met and discussed with the following business associations:

Federacao Das Industrias Do Estado De Sao Paulo (FIESP), Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo: FIESP is an umbrella organization, representing  132 Industrial associations and 150,000 industries involved in manufacturing in the State of Sao Paulo.     In Brazil’s industrial output last year, Sao Paulo produced  67%.  FIESP has a Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs which contributes actions that enhance flow of trade and foreign investments, and also assist  in the internationalization of Brazilian companies.   It is ready to collaborate with Nigeria in areas of technology transfer, renewable energy, agricultural production, processing and storage, etc.  With regard to finance, it said that companies interested in doing business with Nigeria could always arrange with the Brazilian banks who are already playing  at the international market.     On agriculture, it said that  EMBRAPA, Brazil’s agricultural research and production outfit, has developed technologies that could turn arid land into arable land, and that EMBRAPA was already in Ghana and Mozambique.

FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES OF THE STATE OF RIO DE JANEIRO (FIRJAN): Like FIESP, FIRJAN is made up of different  industrial associations in the State of Rio de Janeiro.    It creates positive environment for the growth of industries and runs SENAI technical schools to train technicians for the industries as well as schools  for the children of company employees.  FIRJAN organizes fairs, business match-making,  etc.,  and is ready to help  the Chamber achieve its goals if it is supplied with relevant information on how businesses  operate in Nigeria.  The Chamber promised to make sure it has all the necessary information.

FEDERACAO DAS CAMARAS DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR (FCCE) – Foreign Trade Chambers Federation:  FCCE is the oldest trade association in Brazil, dedicated extensively to the activities of foreign trade.  It is one of the most important Brazilian Economic institutions and represents Brazilian commerce at all levels.   It has encouraged and supported the work of Bilateral Chambers of Commerce, Consulates, Business Councils, and operates at the international level, through “Cooperation Conventions” signed with various bodies of the highest credibility and tradition.  It match-makes businesses and is ready to sign an MoU with our Chamber so that we can plan programmes together.

DISCUSSIONS  WITH  SIX  MAJOR  CONGLOMERATES: The delegation had meetings on one-to-one basis with six major conglomerates, namely:  Group Andrade Gutierrez, Odebrecht Construtora, Construtora OAS Ltda, Queiroz Galvao, SIEMENS Ltda and AVIANCA Brasil.  These are major Brazilian conglomerates, operating in various continents and countries.  They are engaged in various fields: heavy construction, power generation, telecommunication, funds/investment, health services, energy, industrial engineering, oil and gas, real estate developments, petrochemicals, ethanol, sugar, transportation, logistics, defence, technology, mining, sanitation, sports arena, irrigation, iron and steel, urban infrastructure, transformers production, energy automation products and solutions, concessions, etc.  What the Chamber discovered is that many of them are quite willing to come to Nigeria to help in the development of our infrastructures and economy.  The Chamber will take steps to ensure that this happens.

AVIANCA BRASIL  – An Airline company: One of the hindrances of bilateral trade between Nigeria and Brazil is lack of direct flight between both countries.  With our visit, AVIANCA, would consider the prospect of a direct flight to Nigeria.

HOW  DOES  NIGERIA AS A HUGE CONSUMER MARKET  CREATE AND  SUSTAIN  LINKS WITH BRAZILIAN INDUSTRIES? About this nagging question, the delegation explained that Nigeria’s economic policies and legal frame works for formation and running of business  are no longer cumbersome.  Many businesses could be owned 100% by foreigners.  Commercial disputes could even be settled in arbitration courts with reduced bottle-necks.   To increase information flow, the Chamber  in conjunction with some of the Brazilian business federations, should from time to time, organize match-making  meetings for companies, either in Nigeria or Brazil. 

BRAZILIAN  ECONOMY  AND  EXPORTS: During the presentations, it was observed that Brazil is the 7th largest economy of the world, and growing in a way that has lifted 50% of its low income earners to middle class status.   However,   it needs to address the economic indexes that have  made the prices of its export products  comparably  high.  In Brazil, however,   low inflation has brought better life to more Brazilians.

The Federal Government will transform the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) to the Brazilian model – Embrapa, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said.

Adesina said the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation has contributed immensely to developing Brazil’s agricultural sector, adding that the ARCN will soon become Nigeria’s Embrapa as the research body was able to convert its savannah to green vegetation.

“Nigeria must learn how Brazil did it and one of the things we can take with us is know how to transform our own northern savannah which is the northern Guinea Savannah similar to that of Brazil to fertile land.

“Today the savannah region contributes more than 70% of the beef cattle production in the country and thanks to irrigation and soil correcting techniques; it is also an important production centre of grains, mainly soya, beans, maize and rice,” he said.

Adesina who was in Brazil with selected directors from the Ministry went to study source of the country’s agricultural successes.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Director of Information, Greyne Anosike the delegate discovered the Embrapa played significant roles to Brazil’s food sufficiency.

However, he identified the need to build solid partnership with the Brazilian government.

Embrapa is the acronym for “Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária”.

It reads in part: “The main achievement of Embrapa, according to the Minister was to turn the ‘cerrado’ also known as savannah to green vegetation.

“When Embrapa started, Brazil’s savannah was said to be regarded as unfit for farming by then as they seemed too acidic and too poor in nutrients but it was amazing the way Embrapa turned things around.

“Brazil’s agricultural miracle did not happen through a simple technological fix. No magic bullet accounts for it, all the interventions worked together. Improving the soil and the new tropical soybeans were both needed for farming the cerrado; the two together also made possible the changes in farm techniques which have boosted yields further, so I see no reason the ARCN should not perform the same function in Nigeria”.

Meanwhile, Adesina has begun talks with Brazilian farmers for a shared knowledge on the use of farming technology. The Minister has also persuaded the Brazilian investors to explore opportunities in the nation’s agricultural sector.

Speaking with Brazilian investors and stakeholders in agribusiness in Sao Paulo, he said the move to understand how Brazil developed its agriculture became imperative given the advanced technology adopted by its farmers.

“Brazil was a net exporter of food just like Nigeria few years ago and that if Brazil could rise above her challenges then Nigeria has no reason to remain where it is today.

“The growing influence of Brazil in global economic fora is linked to her ability to feed herself and export to the world community,” he said.

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Ibru Group, a well known name in business chain in Nigeria, recently signed a Joint Venture agreement with Prado Macedo Group, a Brazilian conglomerate

Ibru Group, a well known name in business chain in Nigeria, recently signed a Joint Venture agreement with Prado Macedo Group, a Brazilian conglomerate operating in the area of infrastructure, civil construction, and real estate development. The signing of the agreement took place at Ibru Head Office, 6, Louis Solomon Close, Victoria Island.

Mr. Emmanuel O N Ibru, one of the Executive Directors of the Ibru Group and President, Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NBCCI) signed on behalf of Ibru Group, while Mr. Fernando Lara, Financial Director of Prado Macedo signed on behalf of Prado Macedo Group.

With the signing of the agreement, Prado Macedo in conjunction with Ibru Group will bring a new technology in building industry in Nigeria. The technology has been developed over the years with the aim of providing cost reduction and at same time seeks to work in harmony with nature and eliminate environmental degradation.

Prado Marcedo has a social programme called, ‘My House My Dream’ which is a plan that can assist government to attend to the low-income housing deficit, employment generation and social responsibility. ‘My House My Dream’ is designed to meet the housing needs of workers in both public and private sector with a repayment plan of up to 20 years?

Adequate and affordable housing has been a major challenge for many people in Nigeria. Over time, government efforts alone have not been able to create appreciable impact in this critical sector of the economy.

Prado Macedo has been a success story in Brazil and other countries it has taken the new technology in building and road construction to.

After the signing of the Agreement, Mr. Lara said he was pleased to have successfully gone into strategic partnership with a reputable name in Nigerian business environment in bringing to Nigerians affordable houses. According to him, their over four years in Nigeria looking for a strategic partnership has paid off with the business partnership they have entered into.

Mr. Andre Campose, CEO and President of the Group, had earlier said the company has expertise in designing and construction of housing estates with complete infrastructure such as schools with basic health units, water and electricity.

The company boasts that it can construct more than 1500 units of houses within 18 months and generating approximately 2000 direct jobs at a considerable cost. It is expected that the company would start operation in the country before the end of the first quarter of 2014.