After the session approving a new financial aid worth 86 billion euros to Greece by the Bundestag (lower house of German parliament) this morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Brazil with various ministers to encounter with President Dilma Rousseff at the intergovernmental meeting between Brazil and Germany.
Angela Merkel is accompanied by representatives of 11 ministries and will spend less than 24 hours in Brazil. Tonight they will attend a reception dinner at the official residence of the President Rousseff (Palacio da Alvorada).
The Chancellor will inaugurate the official agenda tomorrow (20/08) with a breakfast attended by higher representatives of the German industry. The leaders and their representatives will participate in several bilateral meetings focusing on science and technology, education, biodiversity, innovation, cooperation and culture. The fight against climate change in view of the climate conference (COP21) in December, in Paris, is also on the agenda.
It is expected that cooperation agreements will be signed worth about 500 million dollars, one being in the area of environmental aid from Germany. The German delegation expressed the importance of intensifying the relationship with Brazil to maintain a constant dialogue on internationally significant issues.
The ministers accompanying the chancellor are the Minister for Cooperation, Gerd Müller; for Environment, Barbara Hendricks; for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier; for Health, Hermann Grohe; for Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, and for Agriculture, Christian Schmidt.
Germany is currently the fourth largest trading partner of Brazil, behind China, the US and Argentina. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trade flow between countries – sum of exports and imports – reached $ 20.5 billion in 2014.