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.