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Cablegate: Uzbekistan: At Home On the Fazenda?

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SUBJECT: UZBEKISTAN: AT HOME ON THE FAZENDA?

1. (U) Uzbek media has widely reported the visit by Brazil's
Ambassador to Russia Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos.
Appointed on February 13 as Brazil's Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Uzbekistan based in
the Russian Federation, Paranhos was expected to deliver his
credentials to President Karimov on August 20.

2. (U) According to press reports, Paranhos met on August 19
with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
of Uzbekistan. During this visit, he announced that a
delegation of Brazilian businessmen led by Vice Minister of
Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade Ivan Ramalho will
visit Uzbekistan by the end of the year.

3. (SBU) Trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Brazil
amounted to USD 64.7 million in 2007, consisting of USD 2.1
million in exports to Brazil and USD 62.6 million in imports
from Brazil. (COMMENT: By comparison, in 2007 Uzbekistan
exported USD 88.8 million to the U.S. and imported USD 164.5
million from the U.S. End Comment) At present Uzbekistan's
primary imports from Brazil are sugar (91.5 percent),
tobacco, and meat and poultry products, and its main exports
are fertilizers and tourism services. Ambassador Paranhos
noted that Brazil could expand its exports to include
aircraft, vehicles and spare parts, animal produce, and
poultry. Both sides believe that the current trade turnover
could be greatly increased.

4. (U) The Foreign Affairs Ministries of Uzbekistan and
Brazil had their first consultations in Brasilia in September
2007, after which Brazilian Special Advisor on Asian Affairs
Markes Porto visited Uzbekistan twice, holding meetings in
the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and
Trade (MFERIT) in addition to the MFA, and extending an
invitation from Brazilian President Lula for President
Karimov to visit Brazil. (COMMENT: The fact that this is
mentioned in press accounts indicates it is likely President
Karimov will accept the invitation. End Comment) MFERIT
Minister Elyor Ganiev subsequently led an Uzbek delegation to
Brazil in May 2008.
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