Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived in Sao Paulo on Saturday afternoon (local time), beginning his official Brazil visit, which will last until Monday, at the invitation of Brazilian President Lula da Silva.
Plane VN1 transporting the prime minister and a high-level delegation of Vietnam landed at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport at 10:50 pm on Saturday (Vietnam time) after over 10 hours of flying.
PM Chinh left New York City on the same day, concluding his trip to the United States to attend the high-level General Debate of the 78th United Nations General Assembly session and other bilateral activities.
His entourage includes the Ministers of Public Security, Foreign Affairs, Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, Finance, and Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
After his arrival in Sao Paulo, the top Vietnamese official visited the headquarters of Brazilian multinational aerospace corporation Embraer and met the Vietnamese people community there.
The Vietnam - Brazil relationship has flourished mightily since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1989.
|Brazilian Ambassador to Vietnam Marco Farani (L) welcomes Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) to Brazil at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, September 23, 2023. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre|
The two sides set up a comprehensive partnership in 2007.
Brazil is Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in Latin America and ranks second among the latter’s top trade partners in the Americas, after the United States.
Two-way trade reached US$6.78 billion in 2022.
Accordingly, Vietnam exported goods worth $2.24 billion to Brazil, while spending $4.54 billion on imports from the latter.
Brazil has got involved in six projects in Vietnam, with a total pledged capital of $3.83 million.
As the pro tem president of the Southern Common Market, or MERCOSUR, a South American trade bloc, in 2023, Brazil is actively working with Vietnam to speed up the signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and MERCOSUR.
The deal is expected to open a wider door for Vietnamese goods to enter the South American market.