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06/11/2016 - 07:00hs

Arab Brazilian Chamber to attend COP22

CEO Michel Alaby will accompany the Brazilian minister of Agriculture Blairo Maggi to the UN conference in Morocco. He will also be at a business event championing the emission reduction targets.

São Paulo – Brazil will make a presentation on its agricultural industry at COP22, the UN climate change conference set to run from November 7 to 18 in Marrakech, Morocco. The Brazilian minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi, will attend. According to information from the Ministry, he will show that Brazil works with a sustainable agriculture framework, and this adds value to the foods produced in the country.

Maggi will travel on the 13th alongside private sector delegates, including the CEO of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Michel Alaby, and he should also have bilateral meetings with Moroccan authorities such as the Agriculture and Trade ministers.

Alaby suggested a few subjects that the private sector would like to see discussed with Moroccans, such as the 100% tax levied on Brazilian poultry and the 200% tax on Brazilian beef, as well as the Arab country’s intention to modify the phytosanitary certification required from Brazilian exporters, which Brazilian business owners believe would mean additional barriers.

Alaby believes those requirements benefit Brazil’s competitors, such as France, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey and the United States. Morocco sustains an association agreement with the European Union, plus trade agreements with several countries.

The Arab Chamber CEO will also attend a business forum in the sidelines of COP22, held by the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), on the 16th. The organizers expect some 400 people to attend, including business executives, industry organizations staff and climate specialists.

The idea is to discuss the challenges posed to the private sector by the Paris Agreement that was the outcome of COP21, held in 2015, and which became effective last Friday (4). The organizers also intend for the companies to present innovations designed to fight climate change, and for delegates from business organizations worldwide to sign a declaration of commitment to the climate issue.


According to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, during the first week of COP22, the Brazilian delegation will be led by ambassador José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, the undersecretary general for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the second week, the chief will be Environment minister Sarney Filho.

The main COP22 theme will be the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which sets greenhouse gas emission targets. Brazil, for one, has pledged to cut emissions by 37% until 2025 and by 43% until 2030, using 2005 levels as reference. That year saw the country emit 2.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The goal is to reach 1.3 gigatons in 2025 and 1.2 gigatons in 2030.

The results the Brazilian government expects from COP22 include a clear-cut schedule leading up to 2018 for talks regarding Paris Agreement implementation rules, greater clarity concerning the USD 100 billion climate financing target for developing countries through 2020, and the launch of a Biofuture Platform, sponsored by Brazil itself, alongside other countries.

Throughout the conference, the country will also have a venue called Espaço Brasil for lectures, debates and presentations on climate change-related issues, with input from the civil society.

Car race

During the COP22, Marrakech will hold the second race of the FIA Formula E Championship, which uses fully-electric competition cars. It’s the first time that the class holds an event in Africa.  

Visit the Formula E website (www.fiaformula.com) to offer your support to the Brazilian drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Lucas di Grassi with a FanBoost. The three most voted drivers get an extra energy boost during the race.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani

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