Governor João Doria announced this Wednesday (27) that the participation of São Paulo in Brazilian exports to the United Arab Emirates grew significantly after the opening of the São Paulo office in Dubai, in early 2020. Even with the pandemic, the increase in the weight of São Paulo in the national trade balance with the Arab country was 16.6% compared to 2019.
“Dubai is a hub for the Arab world in general. We have increased exports by more than 15% since the opening of the office here, in February 2020. The leader in this sector was animal protein, chicken meat. We also increased exports of ethanol, sugar and orange juice. Agro had an important role and will continue to be a very strong sector in this post-pandemic period”, said Doria.
The Governor heads a mission with businessmen and state representatives at Expo Dubai, the biggest event in the world since the beginning of the pandemic. According to data from the Federal Government’s Comex Stat portal, São Paulo was responsible for US$ 579 million in exports to the United Arab Emirates last year, equivalent to 28% of the country’s total, of US$ 2.057 billion.
In 2019, before the opening of the São Paulo government office in Dubai, the weight of São Paulo in exports to the Arab country was US$ 536 million, or 24% of the national total of US$ 2.25 billion. Now, as the state mission at Expo Dubai, exports from São Paulo to the Middle East are expected to increase even further by the end of 2021.
“These are advances achieved by the mission of the SP Government in Dubai. There are 44 entrepreneurs, 34 companies and 100% of the mission is financed by the entrepreneurs themselves. This is the liberal dynamics of Governor João Doria for this great internationalization challenge”, said Gustavo Junqueira, President of InvestSP, the State Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Competitiveness.
Since 2019, the Government of São Paulo has opened commercial offices in the United Arab Emirates, China, Shanghai, and Germany, Munich. In December of this year, the State will also have a representation for North America, headquartered in New York, USA.
“All offices have a proportion of 30% Government and 70% private sector. It is a guarantee that they will be able to last regardless of who is the governor in charge of the Government of São Paulo. The private sector will only invest where it has efficiency, productivity, integrity and transparency. It will not endorse disreputable, misguided or political actions with its capital”, concluded Doria.
InvestSP, the São Paulo State Investment and Competitiveness Promotion Agency, organized a trade mission for Expo Dubai, with state secretaries and São Paulo businessmen, who will participate in meetings in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah to conduct business and the search for investments. The Dubai Mission receives an investment of R$ 4 million from the private sector.
Between the 24th and the 31st, the Brazil Pavilion, located in the Sustainability district, will have the State of São Paulo as host of the São Paulo Expo Week. During the week, artistic, cultural and sports presentations will be promoted, showing the world how tradition and modernity come together to create a unique, vibrant and business-friendly culture. To show the world its best, São Paulo will take a 96-hour program of presentations to Expo Dubai.
World Exhibitions have been held since 1851, every 5 years. These are global events dedicated to finding solutions to the fundamental challenges facing humanity. Dubai was selected in 2013 to host the 2020 edition of the Expo. With the theme “connecting minds and creating a future”, the current edition of the fair was divided into three sectors: opportunity, mobility and sustainability.