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02/09/2017 - 07:00hs
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Ras Al Khaimah seeking to attract Brazil’s stones sector

Executives from the emirate’s economic zone talked with representatives from the Brazilian and Minas Gerais decorative stones sectors this Friday in Belo Horizonte.



São Paulo – Executives from the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), United Arab Emirates, have invited Brazil’s and Minas Gerais’s decorative stones sector to establish branches in Ras AL Khaimah. They met this Friday (1) at the headquarters of the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (FIEMG) with representatives from the local stones industry.

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Barakat: customized package for the sector

RAKEZ’s business director, Izzat Barakat, said that the economic zone is willing to offer a customized package for the sector’s companies to establish their branches there. RAKEZ is the agency that manages the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ), which hosts 13,000 companies from 100 countries, among them 16 from Brazil.

Barakat and the Business Development manager, David Zabinsky, met with the president of the Intermunicipal Union of the Marble, Granite and Decorative Stones Manufacturing Industries of Minas Gerais (SinRochas), José Balbino Maia de Figueiredo, and the president of the Brazilian Natural Stones Industry Association (ABIROCHAS), Reinaldo Dantas Sampaio.

Also attended the meeting other representatives from the FIEMG System and the Business executive of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Rafael Solimeo. On Thursday, they presented the economic zone to entrepreneurs in a seminar that also included a lecture by the Arab Chamber’s CEO, Michel Alaby, on how to negotiate with the Arabs.

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Meeting took place at FIEMG?s headquarters

According to information released by FIEMG, on Friday’s meeting Balbino talked to the group about the Minas Gerais state decorative stones industry and the actions by the federation to boost Minas Gerais exports, such as Expand, a program that trains companies for global expansion in strategic countries.

“Our mission is to offer support to Brazilian companies that are planning to establish themselves in our economic zone. Brazil has great potential in the United Arab Emirates. The Brazilian industry needs to promote better their products, put the products on the shelves over there,” suggested Izzat Barakat, according to FIEMG’s statement.

In the meeting, Barakat also showed to be willing to introduce representatives from the decorative sector to Ras Al Khaimah authorities. According to information given by RAKEZ’s executives and passed forward to ANBA by Solimeo, Ahmed bin Saqr Qasimi, RAKEZ’s president and member of Ras Al Khaimah ruling family, will visit Brazil next year.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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