On Wednesday (28), Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received the visit of Canadian Foreign Minister, Mélanie Jolie, to the Planalto Presidential Palace. The meeting focused on discussions on the environment, defence, trade and investment agenda between Brazil and Canada.
According to official information, Lula and Jolie agreed on the importance of organizing trade missions to improve trade and investment relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, Minister Jolie presented President Lula with an invitation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Canada. In turn, President Lula responded to the call.
Melanie Jolie's visit to Brazil coincides with the fourth meeting of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue between Brazil and Canada, which serves as the main platform for cooperation between the two countries. On Tuesday (27), he met with the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Mauro Vieira, at Itamaraty Palace, the headquarters of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they signed a wide-ranging cooperation agreement in the defense sector.
The ongoing dialogues and bilateral cooperation cover various fields such as education, science, technology, innovation, military affairs, energy and mining.
In 2022, trade between Brazil and Canada reached US$10.56 billion, representing a 40.9% increase compared to 2021, with a surplus for Brazil of US$232.1 million. Major Brazilian exports to Canada last year included gold, aluminium, sugar, semi-finished products, iron and steel, industrial goods and coffee. Canada's imports consisted of chemical fertilizers (about 72% of the total), along with industrial products, aircraft, and chemicals.