The Brazil Network Day (BND) is a Trade Promotion and Investments initiative organized by the Embassy of Brazil in The Hague. The BND has been held every semester since 2011. It consists of plenary meetings in which trade related issues are discussed, followed by business network gatherings. The visiting participants have also the opportunity of arranging technical visits to Dutch businesses on the sidelines of the event.
The BND editions bring an average of 200 participants, mainly executives from Dutch businesses that invest (or intend to invest) in Brazil, CEOs of Brazilian transnational companies established in The Netherlands, governmental authorities, opinion makers, Brazilian entrepreneurs, as well as Federations of Industries of different States of Brazil.
The latest BND edition took place on 7 November 2017 in Utrecht, with the support of APEX-Brasil (The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) and cosponsored by Rabobank. Among the speakers were the Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil, Mr Eumar Novacki, the Secretary of International Relations of the State of Santa Catarina, Mr Carlos Adauto Vimond, and the President of the Federation of Industries of the State of Santa Catarina, Mr Glauco José Côrte.
BRADUTCH attended the 14th BND was held on 13 March 2018 in Rotterdam.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, and involved the participation of a delegation of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, led by the Secretary of Economic Development, Science and Technology of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Mr Evandro Santana, and by the President of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FIERGS), Mr Gilberto Porcello Petry. Representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil, of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, of Petrobras and of Shell took part in the plenary meetings.
BND’s theme was “Renewable Energies”. The Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul has maintained a regular dialogue with the private sector with a view at developing the biogas and bio methane chains, as well as at expanding its production. Rio Grande do Sul is one of the 27 States of the Brazilian Federation. Its total area is 281.730 square kilometers, about 6.8 times the size of the Netherlands. The state, with a population of 11.2 million inhabitants, ranks fourth in Brazil’s GDP ranking.
With a population of circa 625 thousand inhabitants, Rotterdam is the second biggest city in The Netherlands and home to the largest port in Europe. The local government develops a programme on sustainability and climate change, which targets at generating more renewable energy than the city’s current total consumption by 2030.The city is home to the Netherlands offices of some of the main Brazilian transnationals, among which subsidiary companies of Petrobras (Petrobras Netherlands, Petrobras Global Trading, Transpetro, Petrobras Oil & Gas, Petrobras Finance), Braskem Europe, Continental Juice, Amaggi Europe, Potiporã Foods (Queiroz Galvão Group–), Jaguacy Holland, Gelnex Gelatines and GranEnergia.
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