Betting on exporting services and non-durable goods with high added value is an outlet to reach this latent potential.
The statement was made by Jorge Mortean, a consultant at Mercator Business Intelligentsia, a São Paulo-based consulting firm specializing in international relations and whose mission is to promote and advise exchanges between Brazil and the countries of the Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus, in analyzing the future prospects of relations between Brazil and Iran in the second term of the Iranian president re-elected last month by a wide margin of votes.
For the expert, "we are talking about a consumer market of 80 million inhabitants, which has become increasingly dynamic and without direct competition from the United States. We pay dearly for our prejudice and the ignorance not only of Iran but of that region as a whole. It is important to remember that Iran has just signed an agreement with Central Asia to improve the logistics infrastructure from its ports in the Persian Gulf and thereby the country also becomes a gateway to these markets. "
In his analysis of Brazilian-Iranian relations, Jorge Mortean stressed that "these relations have been stable for more than a century. The changes of regime and government, both there and here, did not alter our mutual cordiality. Rouhani's re-election clearly responds to the wishes of the Persian people in a more intense and frank dialogue with the West, which had already been demonstrated in his first term, especially in relation to the nuclear agreement reached with the Western powers, a diplomatic example. "
Speaking on bilateral trade relations, Mercator Business Intelligentsia expert said that "last year's figures - Brazilian exports totaling US $ 2.2 billion and Iranian shipments in the amount of only US $ 79 million - were the second largest In our trade history with Iran, only being surpassed by the flow of $ 2.4 billion recorded in 2010. Iran is of the two countries in that region, along with Turkey, which gives us a large trade surplus. It is an extremely strategic country for Brazilian foreign trade. I agree that the figures are still modest but, for the average, they are still considerable. In 2010 it was thought that we could expand this flow of trade to the tune of $ 10 billion within ten years. That perspective is still possible. "
The Middle East expert also made an assessment of the current momentum of trade between Brazil and the countries of the Arab world reminding that "there was no significant expansion of our trade with almost no country and not only the Middle East. Brazil faces an economic crisis and political instability that leave the world in a position of caution and reserve. As long as we do not stabilize our external trust will continue to shaken. Our production, in various aspects, has not generated surpluses to be exported, and this has reduced our volume shipped last year. There was, paradoxically, an improvement over Iran. This is because our export agenda for the Persian country comes only through commodities. Everyone agrees that we can and should expand our exports of goods with high added value, but we still relegate to the second place a market of 600 million inhabitants, with a Gross Domestic Product per capita of US $ 18 thousand, which extends over a vast Area, from Morocco to Kazakhstan (North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia). Finally, in order to have a significant expansion of trade between Brazil and these countries, I summarize in two steps to be taken: on their side, to trust more in our economy, which is really a homework we have to do, and , On our side, to break with the prejudice and ignorance in relation to these regions ".