AMBASSADOR CHAN JOINS THE RECONVENED ASEAN COMMITTEE IN BRASILIA (ACB) AS RELATIVE NORMALCY AND POSITIVE OUTLOOKS ARE REVIVED IN POST-PANDEMIC BRAZIL
15 March 2022 – The Chairmanship of Indonesia has reconvened the Heads of Mission and Working Group meetings of the ACB for 2022, given the relative return to normalcy and positive outlooks that now prevail in Brazil as the pandemic appears to wane in its severity in the country.
The Indonesian Ambassador transferred last week the chairmanship of the ACB to the Malaysian Ambassador in simple ceremonies in Brasilia, as the ACB is joined by its newest Head of Mission – Philippine Ambassador Mario F. Chan.
The ACB promises to bounce back strong from the pandemic with plans and projects to pursue common beneficial interests among the ASEAN representations in Brazil, including an ACB business scoping mission in Manaus (capital of the Amazonas and home to the Manaus Free Trade Zone which is known for the production of electronics and motor vehicles), meetings with the Brazilian parliament’s foreign relations committees as well as discussions with Brazilian meat exporters.
Previous activities of ACB included meetings with the Brazilian sugarcane manufacturing sector, economic diplomacy missions to other centers of business in Brazil such as Maranhao, and last year’s high-level engagement with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro regarding meat exports to ASEAN members countries.
The ACB is composed of seven ASEAN embassies in Brasilia, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the chairmanship of which revolves alphabetically between the embassies every six months. END