Executive Chairman of The Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Hon. Dion Smith met with the Ambassador of Brazil H.E Carlos Eduardo Sette Camara Da Fonseca Costa to discuss educational and technical assistance for staff of BAIC and Bahamians in the area of agriculture and other industrial sectors, scholarships opportunities for persons to study at Universities in Brazil. Also discussed were issues such as the expansion of our Agriculture market with Brazil, also encouraging Bahamians wanting to do business in Brazil. Chairman Smith expressed that BAIC because of its quasi-government structure, has the ability to maneuver through the bureaucratic process at a faster pace, when compared to government ministries and agencies as it relates to follow up on reports of any training programs, and technical travels that may be provided by the Brazilian government.
Mr. Alexandra Silveira, Brazilian Charge d’ Affaires highlighted the embassy’s interest in providing capacity building workshops to those in the agricultural sector, which the Brazilian Government offers to all Caribbean Countries as a part of an agreement with the region. He also mentioned the Family Farm Model that most Brazilian Farms are modeled after and the support that these farmers receive through government policy and public sector organizations like “EMBRAPA” a Brazilian Agriculture Research Centre.
Chairman Smith was grateful for the information gathered from the Ambassador and the Charge D’ Affaires and informed them that a letter of interest will be written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the intent to travel on matters discussed in the area of technical, educational, industrial, and business investments for Bahamians.