Shri Anand Sharma,
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles had a Ministerial Dialogue
with his counterpart Mr. Fernando Pimentel, Brazilian Minister of
Development, Industry and Foreign Trade in Brasilia on 11th June 2012.
The Minister’s visit to Brazil was in pursuance to the invitations
extended to him by his counterpart Mr. Pimentel, Minister of
Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and Mr. Antonio de Aguiar
Patriota, Brazilian Foreign Minster.
Shri Sharma invited the Brazilian investment in recently launched
National Infrastructure and Manufacturing Special Economic Zone as well
as in the food processing industries. Both sides agreed that
infrastructure was one area in which lot of opportunities existed on
both sides for the companies to participate in.
During the recent state visit of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to
India in March 2012, President herself had invited the Minister to visit
Brazil for advancing the bilateral economic and commercial relations, as
also to address the larger issue of making essential drugs available at
affordable prices to our population. In this context, Minister Sharma
has been accompanied by a pharma delegation of 15 top Indian companies
coordinated by Pharmexil. During the Ministerial dialogue, both sides
agreed that the establishment of a Working Group in the Pharmaceuticals
and Life Sciences would be a welcome step towards furthering the
cooperation between India and Brazil in this area. Brazil expressed keen
interest in collaboration with India in joint production of essential
drugs for fighting HIV Aids, malaria, etc.
Both sides stressed the importance of re-launching the India-Brazil CEOs
Forum, a decision taken in the form of declaration at the Summit level
in March 2012. They also agreed that the proposed meeting of the two
Co-chairs of CEOs Forum would be a positive step in taking this
Indian side also sought for an early meeting of the existing Joint
Working Group in Hydrocarbon sector to move this area of bilateral
cooperation on faster track.
The cooperation in the plurilateral as well as multilateral context was
also discussed during the Ministerial Dialogue and both sides expressed
satisfaction at the increased level of our cooperation in this context.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR), through National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
and the National Institute of Metrology (INMETRO), Brazil was also
signed for scientific and technological cooperation in chemistry,
physics, engineering measurement sciences, development of certified
reference materials for thermo physics properties, nanometrology,
analysis of surface and thin films, biofuels, and biotechnology. The
purpose of this Memorandum is to provide a framework for the exchange of
scientific and technological knowledge services and the enhancement of
scientific and technical capabilities of the two sides in the areas of
chemistry, physics, and engineering measurement sciences.