5/18/2009

Brazilian President to attend Turkey-Brazil business forum in Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily News - Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Council, or DEIK, is preparing to welcome Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Istanbul at the Turkey-Brazil Business Forum meeting. The Brazilian leader, a former labor unionist better known simply as Lula, will visit Turkey for the first time and will be accompanied by top ministers and Brazilian business people, DEIK said in a statement. Lula will attend the forum at the Ciragan Palace on May 21. The crowded delegation will include Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and Industry Minister Miguel Jorge, while there will be business people representing such sectors as energy, infrastructure, aviation and tourism. The forum will be attended by Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek and Rifat Hisarciklioglu, president of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges, or TOBB. Among the Brazilian business people to be attending the forum is Jorge Zellada of Petrobras, the oil giant which has invested $130 million in Turkey since 2006. Presidents of Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray are also invited to the forum. Brazil sent 1,176 players abroad last year, receiving more than $1 billion in revenue.

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