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The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Albert Del Rosario, will visit Brazil on August 22-23, 2011.

Brazil and Philippines maintain an important dialogue in the areas of agriculture, biofuels and social inclusion programs. Bilateral trade exchange reached US$ 779.4 million in 2010, with Brazilian exports of US$ 449.4 million and imports of US$ 330 million.

The Minister of External Relations, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, will hold a meeting with the Filipino Foreign Minister to discuss, among other affairs, the process of strengthening ties between Brazil and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which the Philippines is a founding member. They will also address issues in the multilateral agenda, such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20, to be held in 2012.

During the visit, Memorandums of Understanding on Technical Cooperation and on Cooperation on Agrarian Reform will be signed.

Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosário will also hold meetings with the President of the External Relations Commission of the Federal Senate, Senator Fernando Collor de Mello, and with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture. He will also visit EMBRAPA and deliver a lecture at Rio Branco Institute.


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