From June 24 to June 26, the German-Brazilian Economic Meeting 2018 was held in Cologne. Under the motto ’Entering a new phase of cooperation’, the most important event for the bilateral economic relationship attracted several hundred high-level representatives from politics and business to the city at the river Rhein which is home to a growing number of Brazilian companies and institutions.

Located in Cologne since 2016, the representation office of FGV Europe actively participated in the Economic Meeting to strengthen its role as an important bridge builder between Europe and Brazil, in key areas such as agribusiness, infrastructure and urban development. “Our current focus is on developing bilateral projects between German and Brazilian companies, government organizations and research institutions, but we have chosen Cologne for its strategic position at the heart of Europe. Important partners like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) in Paris and the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxemburg are just a stone-throw away and we are already expanding our activities and advisory services beyond the German border”, explains Dr. Cesar Cunha Campos, Director of both FGV Europe in Cologne and FGV Projetos, the technical advisory unit of Fundação Getulio Vargas, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro.

Besides participating in the joint stand of the City of Cologne, FGV Europe presented its projects and publications at the stand of its long-term partner Koelnmesse GmbH. FGV and Koelnmesse are currently preparing the first Latin American edition of the world's largest food and beverage fair “Anuga”. The “Anufood Brazil” will open its doors from March 12-14, 2019 in the city of São Paulo, under the motto “All about Food”.

In cooperation with the host organizations of the Economic Meeting, the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) and the National Confederation of Industry Brazil (CNI), FGV Europe organized a workshop about “Sustainable Concepts for Cities: Waste and Water Management”. On the podium, representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications discussed with the Director of the German Business Center Santa Catarina and former Secretary of State for International Affairs of the State of Santa Catarina, Carlos Adauto, and the member of the Management Board of AVG Köln, Andreas Freund, about the challenges and opportunities for bilateral technology transfer and business development in urban waste and water management. Brazil has an urgent need to upgrade and expand its urban infrastructure and represents a huge opportunity for German companies to implement innovative and circular solutions in Brazilian municipalities. FGV Europe has identified bilateral city-to-city cooperation projects as a powerful platform for the deployment of technology and knowledge transfer endeavors. Examples are the successful transfer of a composting system for public green waste from Cologne to Rio de Janeiro, and the recently signed cooperation agreement between the Brazilian city of Alta Floresta and the German city of Eschweiler. FGV Europe is mediating the process, which is focused on knowledge exchange and transfer for improved technical, planning and governance capacity in both cities. The topic of city-to-city cooperation will also have a prominent position on the agenda of the third edition of the international congress “UrbanTec Brasil”, planned for 2019 at FGV’s cultural center in Rio de Janeiro.

Download FGV Projetos’ recent publication on “Sustainable Cities” here.

Access the website of the trade fair “Anufood Brazil” here.

Read more about the German-Brazilian Economic Meeting and FGV Europe in Cologne in the special edition of DIE WELT here (in German).