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19/05/2017 - 18:52hs
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Brazil, UAE defense industries reach agreement

The Brazilian Defense and Security Material Industries Association signed on to a memorandum of understanding for cooperation with the United Arab Emirates’ National Defense Company Council.



São Paulo – The Brazilian Defense and Security Material Industries Association (Abimde) entered into a memorandum of understanding last week with the National Defense Company Council of the United Arab Emirates. Abimde said in a press release that the purpose of the agreement is industrial cooperation.

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Signing of agreement was part of the schedule of the minister in Brazil

The deal was signed on to by Abimde chairman Carlos Frederico Aguiar and by Saif Alhajiri, the CEO of the Abu Dhabi-based Tawazun, a holding company comprising 14 defense corporations.

The signing of the MoU took place during a visit of UAE Defense minister Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi to Brazil last week. He met with his Brazilian counterpart Raul Jungmann on May 11. The deal between Abimde and the National Defense Company Council was made official in the presence of the ministers.

Aguiar said the MoU goes to show that relations between the two countries will span not only fields such as culture and economy, but defense as well. He remarks that the UAE are the world’s 10th leading buyer of defense industry material, that the country is working on improving its industry, and that Brazil could be a partner due to the quality of its industry and the ties it sustains with the UAE.

Alfalasi travelled to Brazil with a delegation which had other appointments as well. They visited Emgepron, a naval industry company affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. Abimde said they confirmed their interest in strategical alliances with Brazilian enterprises, and that they hope to be part of a project for building four military vessels for the Brazilian Navy (the Corvetas da Classe Tamandaré project).

Minister Al Bowardi also expressed his interest in joining the project to minister Jungmann, according to press material released by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. The Arab minister said his country is interested in both military and commercial projects in Brazil. Jungmann welcomed the idea, according to the Brazilian Ministry.

During the meeting, it was decided that a bilateral commission will be established to address defense industry issues. Cooperation is already underway between the defense industries of Brazil and the UAE. Brazilian companies joined an industry show in Abu Dhabi early this year, and the UAE’s Caracal is building a plant in the Brazilian state of Goiás.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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