Israel is seeking to strengthen ties with Brazil by making available the equipment and technology used for water desalination. The country is a leader in this kind of technology and, presently, around 80% of the drinking water consumed by the Israeli population comes from the sea, said Israel's ambassador in Brazil Yossi Avraham Shelley.
The ambassador visited the facilities of state run media company Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC) this Wednesday (Dec. 10) in Brasília. He was welcomed by the substitute director-general at EBC, Christiane Samarco. During the visit, the ambassador indicated there is interest in a partnership between Israel's public television and EBC.
In mentioning desalination technology transfer, the ambassador said the negotiations between Israel and Brazil are being conducted by Israeli businessmen, who talk directly to the governments of Brazilian states affected by drought, like Ceará and Maranhão.
He said some of these state governments are opening bids to obtain desalination technology and the Israeli businessmen have a head start, because the country is able to process a liter of seawater for a lower price than the average market price.
Yossi Avraham Shelley also said that Israel is offering the Brazilian government the opportunity of a partnership aiming at satellite construction with Israeli technology.
The Brazil-Israel trade balance is negative on the Brazilian side. Brazil exported $ 466 million to Israel in 2017 and imported $ 885 million, leading to a $ 419 million déficit.
Translated by Mariana Branco