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31/08/2017 - 20:22hs

Egypt seeks supplier of 3,000 tons of beef

The country’s Ministry of Defense is looking to purchase front quarters of cattle and 1 million head of cattle, Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce CEO Michel Alaby said in a lecture at Fiemg.

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Alaby told local executives that the government of Egypt is looking to buy beef

São Paulo – Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce CEO Michel Alaby revealed this Thursday (31) at a seminar in the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (Fiemg), in Belo Horizonte, that Egypt’s MInistry of Defense is seeking meat packers in Brazil to supply 3,000 tons worth of front quarters of cattle, plus one million head of cattle.

The subject was discussed by Egypt’s ambassador in Brazil, Alaeldin Roushdy, during a meeting with Arab Chamber president Rubens Hannun and CEO Alaby on Wednesday (30), at the organization’s offices in São Paulo.

According to Alaby, a meat company from Minas Gerais and another one form São Paulo were interested right away at the Fiemg event. Companies looking to find out more can get in touch with the Arab Brazilian Chamber (see details below).

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Ambassador Alaeldin Roushdy (in the back) at a meeting at the Arab Chamber

The Egyptian Ministry of Defense has been purchasing Brazilian meats lately in order to supply its armed forces and the general public. In July, Egypt was the top Arab buyer of meat from Brazil, with USD 295 million purchased and up 110% from a year ago. Beef and poultry accounted for nearly USD 100 million in sales.

At the Fiemg, Alaby accompanied executives from the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), in the UAE, who delivered a presentation on business opportunities in the emirate and the services that RAKEZ provide. They had given a similar presentation at the Arab Brazilian Chamber on Tuesday (29).

RAKEZ manages the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) and the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA). The presentations in Brazil are intended to lure Brazilian companies into the emirate as a means of gaining access to the UAE and nearby countries.

“We mentioned that unfortunately, Brazil takes a passive approach to sales and does not actively seek out buyers, so the chance to rely on the free zone enables prompt delivery of goods, which makes this easier for exporters, because they are located near the market and this gives them a competitive edge,” said Alaby.

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Zabinsky explained the business models offered by RAKEZ

In the previous presentation in São Paulo, RAKEZ’s representatives even suggested creating a sort of industrial village dedicated to Brazilian companies in the emirate, in case there’s a minimum number of Brazilian companies interested in setting up branches in Ras Al Khaimah.

According to a statement by FIEMG, RAKEZ’s Business Development manager David Zabinsky said that companies can choose between four types of businesses. “It can be a virtual desk, a physical office, a storage facility for product exports or manufacturing space, in an industrial zone for a price below USD 5 per square meter,” he said.

According to the statement, FIEMG’s executive superintendent of Institutional Relations Paulo Brant said internationalization is a priority to companies from the state of Minas Gerais. “Brazil has a friendly culture regarding exchange with foreigners, and internationalization is the main path for the country to attract people, technology, products and services,” he said.

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The audience at the Fiemg seminar

Alaby also gave a lecture to Minas Gerais entrepreneurs on how to negotiate with Arab countries. Nearly 30 people attended the event.


On Tuesday, also in Belo Horizonte, Alaby attended a meeting at the Commercial and Entrepreneurial Association of Minas (ACMinas). The Arab Chamber was invited to be a part of the organization’s Foreign Relations Council.

According to him, the Chamber will support ACMinas with translations into Arabic of the Minas Guide, which covers investments, commerce and tourism opportunities in the state.

More on the opportunity to sell beef to Egypt:

Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce
C/O Michel Alaby or Hans Lazarte
Phone: 55 11 3145-3200
Email: secgeral@ccab.org.br or hans@ccab.org.br

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani

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