SRTIP organizes the ‘UAE – Brazil Business Seminary on Innovation’

Sharjah 24: During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, the Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, astronaut Marcos Pontes, shows his country’s potential in cutting-edge sectors, such as space , and seeks to attract investment in the region for the country. He spoke on Tuesday at the “Brazil-UAE Business Innovation Seminar”, organized by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) in partnership with the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP).
Pontes also visited the park with an official mission of nine people and was received by the CEO of SRTIP, Hussain Al Mahmoudi. The seminar took place in the park auditorium in Sharjah and was supported by Apex-Brasil and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). More than 80 people attended the on-site event, part of which was broadcast live on the ministry’s YouTube channel.

In an interview with ANBA during his visit to Sharjah, Pontes said that in addition to opening an exhibition on Brazilian space projects in the Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, he was prospecting for investments for the sector. Brazilian space, artificial intelligence and renewable energies. SRTIP was launched in November 2020 to attract startups, businesses and tech institutions to relocate to the emirate.

Pontes: Search for investments
“This week is Space Week at Expo, and the ministry is responsible for space policy, so it has this“ duty ”to prepare the Brazilian pavilion for commercial prospecting. Brazil is currently making great strides in the space sector compared to recent decades. In two and a half years, we have managed to launch four satellites, including a fully national one, which was under construction, which we managed to complete and which is now fully functioning in space, Amazônia 1 ”, declared the astronaut at ANBA.

The minister said he was exploring international partnerships for the Alcântara Space Center. “It’s a great opportunity; we have several countries here talking about space, I have already had the opportunity to visit a few pavilions [at the Expo] and talk to some coordinators to see if we can bring these partnerships to the Brazilian space program, and this applies to infrastructure, with a launch center, laboratories, space systems development, space applications area and rockets , and here’s a place where we can look for all these partnerships, ”he said.

Other sectors in which the ministry is seeking international investment are artificial intelligence, renewable energies and advanced materials such as niobium and graphene. According to Pontes, there are good possibilities for partnerships with the United Arab Emirates; it is possible to bring Brazilian companies to the Arab country and, at the same time, to seek investments in Brazil. “We have a very attractive market,” he said.

According to SRTIP CEO Hussain Al Mahmoudi, there are several opportunities for Brazilian companies and research institutes in the UAE, especially in the park. “Brazil has a great history in the field of technology; we can provide a platform for these technologies and companies to enter the Middle East market, ”he told ANBA.

Al Mahmoudi listed the opportunities for Brazilian startups and institutions in the space industry, food technology, education, 3D printing, environment and water technology sectors. “Brazil offers great diversity, it’s a big market; open to Middle Eastern companies to invest in petroleum, education and technology sectors. This seminar made it possible to consolidate this relationship and to open up new opportunities for bilateral investments, ”he concluded.

Besides Pontes and Al Mahmoudi, also spoke at the opening seminar of the Brazilian Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Fernando Igreja; the president of the ABCC, Ambassador Osmar Chohfi; and Apex-Brasil’s Executive Director of Operations for the Middle East and North Africa, Karen Jones.

Chohfi said the SRTIP building embodies the importance Sharjah places on science and technology. “We have to adapt to the new demands of economy 4.0,” said the ambassador. He recalled that Sharjah is recognized as an emirate of culture and that a strong alliance can bring Brazil closer to it for exchanges in the fields of technology, science and innovation.

Karen Jones said the UAE has gone to great lengths to position itself at the forefront of innovation and technology, and Apex-Brasil’s role is to identify the best opportunities for Brazilian businesses. “We hope that our partnership (Brazil – United Arab Emirates) will be strengthened,” she said.

Ambassador Igreja invited all participants to visit the Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and said that Sharjah offers a unique environment to foster innovation. “We want to bring Brazilian innovators and startups here to work on these opportunities,” he said.

In addition to statements from authorities and leaders, the event brought discussions on innovation in panels. The first focused on the opportunities and challenges of the innovation environment in Arab countries and Brazil, with the moderation of Al Mahmoudi. The panelists were Paulo Alvim, Secretary of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of MCTI; Mohammed Juma’a Al Musharrakh, CEO of the FDI office in Sharjah; and Ludmilla Figueiredo, director of investments for the Apex-Brasil office for the Middle East and North Africa.

The second panel focused on investments in science, technology and innovation in Arab countries and Brazil. MCTI Financial Structuring and Projects Secretary Marcelo Meirelles and Women-in-Tech Steering Committee Chairman Gustavo Figueroa spoke.

In addition to the panels, there were also brief presentations by representatives of three startups exhibiting at the Brazil Pavilion at Gitex, a startup fair taking place this week in Dubai. André Palma, from Asel Tech, an oil and gas start-up; Paulo Tenorio, from Trakto, a digital marketing company; and Alice Girardi, Technano Solution, at Biotech, presented.

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