The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has launched in Brasilia, the Arabic version of the Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA). The move is part of the proceeding with endeavors to bring Brazil closer to speakers of the Arabic language. Present during the launch were Brazilian Foreign Ministry Agribusiness Promotion Department Director Alexandre Ghisleni; ABCC Secretary-General Tamer Mansour; CFA Studies and Projects Director Gracita Barbosa; Datagro representative Vivian Oliveira and other guests like ABCC C-level executives, Arab diplomats, journalists, government officials and other delegates.
According to Rubens Hannun, President, ABCC, the launch of the ANBA's Arabic version showcases the solid relations being kept up by Brazil and Arab countries, which also impresses upon the respect and significance placed in the cultures involved. He further clarified that Brasilia is relied upon to provide easier access in the Arab world to news on Brazil and its relations with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Hannun stated, “Solid relations are built upon respect to the cultures involved, so we have ANBA in Arabic for the Arabs, ANBA in Portuguese for the Brazilians, and ANBA in English for the world at large.”
In his speech, Hannun demonstrated that Brazilian-Arab trade figures from 2001, which was two years before ANBA went online, until 2018, went up by 413 per cent, while Brazil’s trade with the world grew by a lesser rate at 312 per cent.
“We finished 2018 as the fifth-biggest partner, and now, seven months into the year, our exports to Arab countries have gone up by 17 per cent, meaning we have already climbed to number three,” Hannun shared.
Also speaking at the event was Alexandre Rocha, Editor-in-Chief, ANBA, wherein he introduced the website’s Arabic version and its various sections and subject matters. The website’s launch edition features exclusive interviews with Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourão; Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Minister Tereza Cristina and Union of Arab Chambers Secretary-General Khaled Hanafy.
The launch event also served as a perfect time for the ABCC to reveal its latest victories and plans for the future, including the organization’s strategic plans for 2018-2028, which is aimed at making Arab countries into Brazil’s third biggest partner in trade.
The ANBA was established in 2003 with an aim to fill a gap in Brazilian-Arab communication. Since its creation, the news agency has already released over 50,000 articles between in Portuguese and English versions--featuring business opportunities for Brazilians and Arabs alike. As of August 14, 2019, the website has started featuring news articles in Arabic.