Presidents of Embrapa and Apex, during the signing ceremony of the agreement.
Sergio Segovia, president of the Brazilian Agency for The Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brasil), and Celso Moretti, president of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company, signed on Tuesday, July 21, a General Cooperation Agreement (AGC) between the institutions and a Technical Cooperation Agreement (ACT) for Investment Attraction, with the definition of a work plan to direct the first activities of the partnership. The signing ceremony, held at the Agency’s headquarters in Brasilia, was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina.
The partnership aims to contribute to the strengthening of Brazilian agriculture and provides joint efforts to increase the competitiveness of the sector and its capacity to enter global value chains, through synergy between agricultural research agendas, international promotion of Brazilian agriculture and attracting foreign investments.
“We will unite our specialties to promote what the country has best, understanding agribusiness as the great driving force of Brazil. This agreement will open new work fronts for Apex-Brasil in initiatives associated with innovation through startups and the attraction of investments directed to research and development of the agricultural sector. In addition, we will still be able to work on content generation, in order to expand the production and dissemination of market intelligence and promotion materials of the country as a fundamental actor for global agribusiness”, said the President of the Agency, Sergio Segovia.
“For us, this partnership will allow Embrapa, together with Apex-Brasil, to access markets and investors, enabling the raising of funds and the coming of larger and more robust investments to Brazil. I have participated in several missions coordinated by Apex-Brasil, such as recently to the United Arab Emirates, for example, and I see that there are enormous opportunities for us to work together,” said Celso Moretti, President of Embrapa. He highlighted some of the instruments that the Agreement will facilitate: promotion of actions with startups that use Embrapa technology, attraction of investments for R&D, with support from Embrapa’s 43 Research centers in the country, sharing structures of the two institutions abroad, and also cooperation and strategic intelligence in favor of the productive development of agribusiness.
“This partnership will bring more agility to Embrapa, which will have apex-Brasil’s expertise in commercial promotion and in the work of promoting brazil’s image out there. The two institutions already worked together, but this formalization through this act is very important. I expect great future results, and so I made a point of coming to honor it”, commented Minister Tereza Cristina..
The Technical Cooperation Agreement for Attracting Investments, signed under the AGC, aims to explore the challenges for innovation, which constitute the main demands for technology and the most important opportunities for enterprise in national agribusiness. The identification of these challenges by Embrapa’s research team will facilitate the actions led by Apex-Brasil with strategic investors from the main markets in the world, which will be directed to the most attractive projects in the sector. The ACT will also strengthen Apex-Brasil’s position as a one-stop-shop for foreign investors interested in the country.
The ACT Work Plan will define the lines of action that will enable the attraction of external investments to promote and strengthen research, development and innovation in Brazilian agriculture. In turn, Apex-Brasil will assist the promotion, networking and internationalization initiatives that make up Embrapa’s main businesses, in addition to supporting the company’s external actions with apex-Brasil’s structured network of offices abroad.
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa), created in 1973 and linked to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), operates in the generation of knowledge and technologies for the production of food, fibers and energy sources. Its mission is to enable research, development and innovation solutions to ensure the sustainability of national agriculture, for the benefit of Brazilian society.
The Brazilian Agency for The Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brasil) acts to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. It also works in a coordinated manner with public and private actors to attract foreign direct investments to Brazil with a focus on strategic sectors for the development of the competitiveness of Brazilian and brazilian companies.
Apex-Brasil supports about 14,000 companies, responsible for 30.2% of Brazilian exports. The Agency carries out 53 export promotion projects in partnership with representative entities of the private sector and, of these, 16 are related to agribusiness. “Last year, we supported 1,161 companies in the sector, which exported $22.7 billion,” Segovia said.