The warm and friendly ties between Pakistan and Brazil have reached new dimensions due to the charm, wit and hard work of H.E Mr. Claudio Raja Gabaglia Lins, the Brazilian ambassador to Pakistan.
H.E Mr. Claudio Raja Gabaglia Lins, has been an active advocate for the promotion of bilateral relations between both the countries since the day first of his assignment in Pakistan.
Brazil and Pakistan have long entertained warm and friendly ties. Brazil was the first Latin American country both to establish diplomatic relations with Pakistan (1948) and to open an Embassy in Pakistan (1952).
Mr. Lins is not only an active diplomat based in Islamabad but also one of the most loved ones amongst the diplomatic corps for his charming smile and good -looking personality.
He is also an experienced diplomat with a number of distinctions and awards. He has been conferred with Award “Lafayette de Carvalho e Silva” – First place in the admission to the Diplomatic Academy in 1986, Medal of Merit “Tamandaré”, Ministry of Navy, Brazil, in 1999, Medal of Merit “Pacificador”, Ministry of Army, Brazil, in 2000, “Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana”, Italy, Knight, in 2009, “Légion d’Honneur”, France, Official, in 2009, Order of “Rio Branco”, Brazil, High Official, in 2010 and several others.
While giving his opinion on Pak-Brazil relations, the Brazilian Ambassador said, “I have been making efforts to improve the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Brazil. But problem is that both the Pakistanis and Brazilians don’t know much about one another. Therefore, both Brazilian and Pakistani embassies will have to work hard to bring and attract investors from each side through guidance and proper information.”
The two governments are also negotiating to create a joint commission; comprising of joint government officials. This will enable the two countries to discuss issues at higher level in an effective way, the ambassador said.
The two governments are also about to sign an agreement on technical cooperation which will help Brazilian institutions to cooperate with Pakistani counterparts and who in turn will be benefitting from Pakistan’s expertise.
“I have been visiting COMSATS Institute, Agricultural University Faisalabad and witnessed high valued research in agriculture sector. Our embassy is also working to create Pakistan-Brazil Business Council with the aim to guide traders willing to trade with Brazil”, the ambassador said.
On CPEC, he said, “Many Brazilian businessmen and investors are not aware of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) so I like to see more Brazilian investors to participate in joint ventures with Pakistani businessmen to make use of opportunities of CPEC”.
Mr. Lins purposed that for this purpose, information is essential, putting investors together is necessary therefore the first step is to enhance the number of exchange of trade missions.
“I would like to see more Pakistani trade missions to visit Brazil and more Brazilian trade missions should come to Pakistan”, he said.
A large number of Brazilian businessmen visit neighbouring countries and even China, but very few come to Pakistan just because of lack of information about enormous business and investment opportunities in Pakistan, he said.
Moreover, they don’t know about the safe business environment in Pakistan; therefore, we have to promote this environment in Brazil through social media, the ambassador said.
Recently, the Pakistan-Brazil Business Forum (PBBF) has been formed to help enhance economic cooperation between the two countries. Headquartered in Islamabad, the PBFF will have its sub-offices in other parts of the country and in Brazil.
The co-chairman of the forum Claudio Lins said that PBBF will be an independent and apolitical body which will focus on enhancing trade through various initiatives including facilitation, information and identifying the barriers.
“We want to kick-start economic activity, generate employment, improve taxation and remove unnecessary hurdles being faced by the importers and exporters. We will play a meaningful role in suggesting practical solutions worthy of serious consideration at policy-making level to accelerate the business activities as the current level of trade between the two countries is dismal”, he vowed.
On defence relations, H.E. said that cooperation between Pakistan and Brazil in defence and strategic sectors is very dynamic as Brazilian and Pakistani officers visit each other side to learn from each other’s expertise. Moreover, higher level defence official visits are also common as both armies learn from each other.
One and half year back, we received the then Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Brazil. Moreover, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation between both the countries will be signed soon. We are eager to improve trade relations in defence sector with Pakistan, the ambassador said.
Brazilian Ambassador Mr. Claudio Raja Gabaglia Lins also visited several leading industrial units of Sialkot. Flanked by senior authorities of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the Brazilian Ambassador indicated distinct fascination in the assembling and generation procedures of games products and various instruments.
He exceptionally hailed the craftsmanship of Sialkot based craftsmen, saying that he was highly inspired to witness their world-class craftsmanship.
The Brazilian Ambassador said that Sialkot exporters could make their mark in the universal exchange markets of Brazil by sending out their differentiated conventional and non-customary fare items.
Brazilian Ambassador Mr. Claudio Raja Gabaglia Lins likewise demonstrated distinct fascination in the import of Sialkot-made games merchandise and careful instruments directly from Sialkot-Pakistan as opposed to buying the same Sialkot made items through alternate nations at high costs.
He said that immediate import of Sialkot-made instruments and games merchandise would support the common exchange ties besides building up ‘eye to eye’ contacts between the specialists of Pakistan and Brazil. Ambassador of Brazil Claudio Lins said that Brazil was keen to strengthen government to government and private to private sector relations with Pakistan in the larger interest of both countries. He said that Brazilian government office in Pakistan was prepared to encourage Pakistani businesspeople in such manner and furthermore called to bridge the correspondence hole to give a quantum bounce to the common exchange. He said that Brazil was one of greatest economies of the world and the best place for working together. Brazil was searching for new exchange accomplices in Asia while Pakistani items were ideal and could without much of a stretch advance in the Brazilian market, he said. The Lahore Chamber of Commerece and Industry (LCCI) Acting President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan said that Pakistan and Brazil had great conciliatory relations and the two nations were enduring exchanging delegations. The private sector of Pakistan could exploit trading to Brazil different kinds of customer merchandise like instant pieces of clothing, textures, knitwear, towels, calfskin and cowhide items, pharmaceutical and careful instruments, he said.
Brazilian ambassador Claudio Raja Gabaglia Lins has said that his nation could be an alluring and enormous market for Pakistani businesspeople. Pakistani brokers and different business assignments should visit Brazil and study the most extreme monetary open doors between the two nations, he said while conversing after a function at Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
He said that Brazil excels in research and farming and Pakistan could get most extreme advantages from that exploration. Brazil is likewise offering chances of advanced education to Pakistani students, he included. Be that as it may, he conceded that the Agriculture University of Faisalabad was likewise contributing a great deal to the field of research. About Brazilian individuals, the diplomat said that they were receptive and neighborly. There is a need to improve relations between the two nations. The Brazilian ambassador likewise hailed Pakistanis and expressed that they were peace-loving individuals. He, nonetheless, expressed that antagonistic purposeful publicity has been spread against Pakistan however when he visited Faisalabad, Multan, and Bahawalpur he discovered great and helpful individuals all around. He said that Pakistan-Brazil Business Council (PBBC) was shaped to enhance financial ties between the two nations. To an inquiry regarding CPEC, he said that it was a major task and trusted that numerous multinational organizations would come to Pakistan to be a part of the undertaking. He said that Brazil could likewise expand collaboration in hydro and wind vitality divisions. About visa issues, the ambassador said that Brazil was granting visas to Pakistanis. He also called for improving contacts amongst colleges and universities of the two countries.
Published in Melange Int. Magazine in July 2018.