The Fourth France-Brazil Economic Forum, organized by MEDEF International, was held in Paris on November 21.
The aim of this forum is to promote businesses, trade and long-term partnerships between business communities in France and Brazil. Alexis Duval, Chief Executive Officer of Tereos, spoke during the event in his capacity as Chairman of the MEDEF International Board of French and Brazilian business leaders.
Following speeches by Pierre Gattaz, Chairman of MEDEF and Robson Braga de Andrade, Chairman of CNI (Brazilian MEDEF), Alexis Duval began his speech by recognizing the high representation of the Brazilian delegation; “It is an honor to welcome the strongest Brazilian political delegation in France since the state visit of Dilma Roussef (1) in 2012. We also welcome the presence of many public decision-makers alongside the Ministers(2).”
Also present was Matthias Fekl, Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade, the promotion of tourism, and French citizens abroad. More than 200 French and Brazilian business leaders and institutional representatives attended the meeting. On the agenda for the plenary session were topics such as intellectual property, project funding and access to markets, which made a concrete contribution to promoting discussion and cooperation between economic and institutional players from the two countries. The participants then had the opportunity to share their experiences and proposals during round table discussions.
Alexis Duval went on to say: "The France-Brazil Economic Forum represents an unprecedented opportunity to forge relations between French and Brazilian business leaders […]. They can reflect together on areas for development and economic cooperation between our two countries” .
Tereos, a leader in the Brazilian market
Having had a presence in Brazil for 15 years, today Tereos is the third largest Brazilian sugar producer. The Group has 7 sugar factories in the State of São Paulo, the region with the highest sugar cane production in Brazil. Tereos maintains close relations with 1,200 sugar-cane suppliers and adds value to 300,000 hectares of cultivated crops. In 2015, Tereos produced nearly 700,000 m3 of ethanol there, in addition to 1.4 million metric tons of sugar.
Brazil´s potential goes beyond sugar: over the last financial year, in its starch facility in Palmital, Tereos has transformed more than 200,000 metric tons of cassava and corn into starch and derivatives: a high-growth activity, with a 15% increase in volumes.
1) President of the Federative Republic of Brazil from January 2011 to August 2016
2) Marcos Pereira, Minister for Industry, Foreign Trade and Services,
Dyogo Oliveira, Minister for Planning, Development and Budget,
Mauricio Quintella, Minister for Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation