Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will visit Southeast Asia between September 5 and 12, where he will be hosted by the Heads of Government of Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, and will hold working meetings with the Foreign Ministers of those countries.
This visit is part of the reformulation of the Brazilian foreign policy for Asia. Together, Southeast Asian countries represent the sixth world economy, with a gross domestic product of almost 2.5 trillion dollars. They stand out for the fast economic growth, the population of near 620 million people and the foreign trade of over 2.2 trillion dollars.
The Minister will discuss Brazil's relation with each of the countries visited and the main themes of the regional and multilateral agendas, including the alliance between Mercosur and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the exchange of information on multilateral and political negotiations.
In Kuala Lumpur, on September 6, meetings with Prime Minister Najib Razak and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman will take place as part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Malaysia's independence and represent the first visit of a Brazilian Foreign Minister to that country in the past 20 years. With an average economic growth of over 5% since 2009, Malaysia was Brazil’s fourth largest trading partner in Southeast Asia in 2016, with a trade flow comparable to that between Brazil and traditional South American partners.
In Singapore, on September 7 and 8, Minister Aloysio will meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Senior Minister of Trade and Industry, Koh Poh Koon. On the occasion, the business seminar "Brazil and Singapore - Opportunities for Partnerships" as well as a meeting with Brazilian entrepreneurs will be held. The visit will also mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations and will enable Brazil to consolidate its relations with Singapore in terms of investment and new dialogue opportunities, in the areas of science, technology and urban mobility.
Finally, in Hanoi on September 11, the Minister will be hosted by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and will hold a working meeting with Vietnamese Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Bilateral relations with Vietnam have improved since its establishment in 1989. Relations between Brazil and Vietnam are distinguished mainly by the remarkable trajectory of the bilateral trade, which grew from 47.1 million dollars in 2003 to 3.9 billion dollars in 2015.
In addition, Minister Aloysio Nunes will hold a working meeting with the Ambassadors of Brazil to the Philippines, Thailand, East Timor, Myanmar and Indonesia (concurrent with the representation of Brazil to ASEAN) on September 9. In addition to first-hand contact with the Ambassadors to review the main themes of Brazil's relation with these countries, the meeting is part of the effort to develop a foreign policy for Asia, which began with a meeting with Ambassadors in China, India, Japan and Singapore in Beijing, in June. On September 8, the Minister will attend a meeting with the heads of trade promotion and investment attraction sectors of the Brazilian embassies in Southeast Asia.