Australia and Brazil are the Southern Hemisphere’s two largest economies, so it only makes sense that these two nations should work closely together. And they have. Since 1945, these global powerhouses, both vibrant democracies and multicultural societies, have shared a strong bilateral relationship that has in recent years become an even more important – and official – strategic partnership.
To celebrate these 70 years of diplomatic ties, to promote continued dialogue and cooperation for trade and investment, and to build an even stronger bond over the next 70 years between the countries, September will be ‘the month of Brazil’ in Australia.
“I am confident that the next 70 years of our economic relations will be one of the most successful stories the world will experience in the 21st century,” says Ambassador Consul-General of Brazil Carlos de Abreu. “Our bilateral relations have been gaining track at an impressive speed, and 2015 may be remembered as a very important year.”
This bilateral association works so well, in part, because of the aspects the two countries share in common, including similar values and strong private sectors, and both are open gateways to trade and investment. “This is a very healthy economic relationship based upon increasing direct investments, education and technology exchange, and tourism in the two directions, in a clear win-win situation,” says de Abreu.
In his role, de Abreu works with Australian companies interested in importing goods and services from Brazil, those wanting to invest in Brazil, as well as those in Brazil looking to do business in Australia.
To commemorate the seven-decade-and-counting relationship between the two nations, a number of Brazilian-themed events will take place in Sydney throughout the month of September.
Among the ‘month of Brazil’ events happening in Australia are:
- September 7: Celebrations in Canberra for Brazil’s National Day
- September 8: Hosted by the Brazilian government and organised by the Consulate General of Brazil in Sydney and the Australia-Brazil Business Council (AUBRBC), Brazil at the Harbour is an exclusive, invite-only bossa nova show and cocktail party at the iconic Sydney Opera House. The show will feature the Brazilian rhythms of Juliana Areias and her band.
- September 9: Brazil in the City invite-only business lunch at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel. The luncheon’s theme, keynote address, and panel discussion will centre on ‘The 21st-century Brazil-Australia strategic partnership: its business dimension’. Following the lunch will be a series of business roundtables on topics including aerospace, defence, fashion, agribusiness, tropical products, generic pharmaceuticals, tropical medicine, clean energy, start-ups, logistics and wholesale, creative industry and franchising, financial services, IT and communication, tourism, education and training, and women entrepreneurship. Brazil in the City is promoted by the Brazilian government and organised by the Consulate General of Brazil in Sydney and the AUBRBC, with the support of Austrade.
- September 20: Ritmo Brazilian Day 2015 in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Organised by the Brazilian Community Council of Australia (BRACCA), this all-day, open-to-the-public celebration promises Brazilian music, dancing, food, and other forms of cultural expression.
- Unstoppables 2016 Event, an AUBRBC mission: Unstoppables, founded by AUBRBC President Julio De Laffitte, is a movement dedicated to igniting entrepreneurial spirit and taking entrepreneurs, business owners and investors to next level through the power of collaboration. Unstoppables is a member of the AUBRBC and its next signature think tank Amazon 2016 – Ideas Gone Wild – held in the Amazon Jungle and Rio de Janeiro – will create new businesses and fund new ventures for Australia and Brazil. It will be the first business mission led by the AUBRBC.
For additional information on ‘the month of Brazil’ in Australia, high resolution pictures and more details please contact Daniela Penno at [email protected] or on +61 (0) 431 649 121.