Scottish Enterprise (SE) is urging companies to explore potential partnerships and business opportunities with Brazil.
During a fact-finding mission this week, Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, will meet with Brazilian government officials, trade and industry leaders and representatives from the Brazilian Development Bank to discuss how to further strengthen trade relationships between the two countries.
The visit will enable SE to help equip Scottish companies with the right tools and expertise to trade more effectively with Brazil. As well as exploring key possibilities in the biofuels industry, the visit aims to gain a better understanding of the political, cultural and economic issues in the country and explore how SE can support Brazilian companies in Scotland.
The SE boss said: “As the fifth-largest country in the world with a population of around 185million people, Brazil is one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies and, with a GDP per head greater than either India or China, it offers huge opportunities for Scottish businesses.”
Other areas that offer the most possibilities for Scottish companies in Brazil include the oil and gas sector, automotive components, electronics, machinery, food and drink and chemicals. In 2009, 41million bottles of whisky were shipped to Brazil.