South-South Cooperation: Top military officials from Brazil head to Aero-India

By financial express

A high level military delegation from the South American nation Brazil is heading to India for the 13th edition of the Aero-India 2021, next month in Bengaluru. The delegation is led by Major Brigadeiro do Ar Alcides Teixeira BARBACOVI (Equivalent to Air Marshal / 3 star rank), Director, Department of Defence Products, Ministry of Defence (MoD), Brazil.

And, he is being accompanied by two officials from the MoD, Brazil: Col (Retd) Carlos COELHO, Coordinator of Department of Trade Promotion, and Major Marcus Vinícius Dornellas FACHINI, Assistant to Director, Department of Defence Products.

Why is the visit important?

Because, in the Plan of Action of Brazil’s partnership with India, both security and defence are the central components. The two countries are complementary in this area, says top diplomats of India and Brazil.

Financial Express Online has reported earlier, about the Plan of Action for the Brazil-India strategic partnership, which was signed in 2020, when the Brazilian President Bolsonaro visited India as the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade.

Both countries enjoy a multifaceted relationship and are cooperating both bilaterally and multilaterally at various international foras including the United Nations, G20, International Solar Alliance (ISA) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa), IBSA (India, Brazil & South Africa).

Make in India

Brazil has earlier expressed interest in participating in joint ventures especially in the defence sector. Why? According to top officials of Brazil, “With such a collaboration between the defence industries in both India and Brazil, the potential to reach the world is huge.”

In an earlier interaction, Indian envoy to Brazil, Suresh K Reddy, mentioned the “Triple-Helix” approach.

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