Brazil frozen food producer eyes Namibia as SADC entry point

15 Jun 2016 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUN (NAMPA) - A delegation from food conglomerate BRF based in Brazil on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House.
The company produces refrigerated and frozen foods such as pork, whole chickens and frozen cuts of chicken, processed foods, pasta, sauce, and frozen vegetables from Brazil.
The company’s executive team, led by its chairperson Abilio Diniz and global chief executive officer (CEO) Pedro Faria, was accompanied by local businessman and entrepreneur, Knowledge Katti.
Diniz told Geingob his company is attracted by Namibia’s political and economic stability, integration in regional trade blocks, infrastructure and reputation for transparency.
“I hope we can do something together. We are one of the biggest corporations in Brazil. We hope we can do something for Namibia,” he said.
Namibia also serves as a gateway to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.
On his part, Geingob said Namibia has implemented the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) to ensure that every Namibian has access to the basic necessities for survival, adding the country declared a war on poverty.
The head of State, who was accompanied by his advisors, told the guests that Namibia has a wealth of attractions and advantages for foreign-owned companies looking for business opportunities. Namibia has a government keen to foster the engines of economic growth and prosperity.
BRF, with revenue of about US dollars 13 billion recorded in 2013, exports to about 120 countries. The company primarily sells its products under the Sadia, Perdigão, and Qualy brands.
The BRF delegation was also accompanied by members of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) based in Brazil.
The WBCG has an office in Brazil since 2012 to promote business development between the two countries.