Cooperation to make BRICS voice louder: Brazil congressman

Yan Huan, People’s Daily


“I am very much looking forward to the 11th BRICS Summit and the attendance of President Xi Jinping at the meeting. I believe that the meeting is bound to yield fruitful results,” said Fausto Pinato, chairman of the Parliamentary Front of the Brazil-China National Congress and the BRICS Parliamentary Front.


BRICS countries will conduct dialogue and discussion in a harmonious and inclusive manner and make important contributions to improving global governance, he said.


The Parliamentary Front of the Brazil-China National Congress, established in 2017, aims to promote friendly cooperation between Brazil and China. Its members account for more than half of Brazil’s congressmen.


As the relations between the two countries and among BRICS countries deepened, Brazil established the BRICS Parliamentary Front in 2019, paving the way for exchanges and cooperation among BRICS countries.


Development is the common goal of BRICS countries, Pinato said. Though the five countries have different national conditions and cultural backgrounds, they all hope to increase their voice in international affairs through equal and open dialogue, and promote mutual cooperation, complement each other’s advantages, and join hands for mutually beneficial cooperation. Therefore, the cooperation mechanism is very important.


Pinato highly appreciates China’s important role in promoting BRICS cooperation and global development, saying China’s role is crucial in the international arena.


“The BRICS cooperation mechanism allows BRICS countries to strengthen exchanges and mutual learning and share governance experience,” he said, pointing out that China’s development experience is worth learning for other emerging markets and developing countries.


The BRICS countries should strengthen cooperation so as to make a louder voice on international affairs.


Pinato, who is also chairman of the Committee on Agriculture of the National Congress of Brazil, places high hopes on BRICS agricultural cooperation.


Brazil is a traditional agricultural country with superior natural conditions, but there is still much room for improvement in agricultural technology, he said.


“I am optimistic about the cooperation potential of BRICS countries in agriculture. I hope they can provide more financial and policy support for Brazil’s agricultural development, especially to strengthen the support for small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises,” he pointed out.


BRICS countries have a relatively solid economic foundation and a large market, and the cooperation prospects are broad, Pinato said. The energy the mechanism releases and its potential can meet the urgent needs of emerging market countries and developing countries.


Brazil adopts a very positive attitude to BRICS cooperation. It is expected that at the 11th BRICS Summit, all parties could further reach consensus on the current international economic situation, deepen people-to-people exchanges and economic and trade cooperation, and work together to improve global governance, he added.