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A cattle drive in the Pantanal region. Meat is a major component of Brazil's trade with Saudi Arabia

Brazil’s JBS to open Saudi food factory as trade ties deepen

Brazilian multinational JBS is to open a food factory in Saudi Arabia with an investment of SAR500 million ($133 million), in a further sign of the strengthening ties between the two countries. JBS, one of the largest meat and poultry producers in the world, will open the facility in Jeddah under its subsidiary Seara by […]

Suriname oil

QatarEnergies buys into Suriname oil expansion

The state-owned giant QatarEnergy has signed a deal with US oil company Chevron to acquire a 20 percent interest in a production-sharing contract for an offshore concession in the South American country of Suriname. Chevron will keep a 40 percent interest in Surname’s block 5, as will Paradise Oil, an affiliate of Suriname’s national oil […]

Lithium fields in the Atacama desert in Chile. Saudi Arabia’s mining minister Bandar Alkhorayef is due to visit Chile next month

Saudi’s Almar Water explores lithium venture in Chile

Almar Water Solutions, a water infrastructure developer and part of Saudi Arabian company Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, plans to partner with Chile’s state-backed Codelco in the Maricunga lithium mining project. The Spain-based company aims to leverage its technology to extract battery-metal lithium, Reuters reported, quoting CEO Carlos Cosin. Chile is the world’s second-largest lithium producer […]

Gas flaring at a plant in Veracruz state, Mexico. The country is one of the biggest contributors to global flaring, along with Iran, Iraq and Libya

Iran, Iraq and Libya among worst offenders on gas flaring

Environmentally ruinous flaring of gas at upstream oil and gas facilities has risen to its highest level for five years, despite pledges to end the practice, the World Bank has said. Iran, Iraq and Libya were among the biggest contributors in 2023, according to a World Bank report published on June 20. Along with six […]

Two companies are dominant in the lithium industry – Chile’s SQM and US business Albemarle. In 2023, each commanded about 20 percent of global supply

Saudi Arabia targets Chile for lithium investments

Saudi Arabia’s mining minister Bandar Alkhorayef will visit Chile next month to negotiate a deal to secure lithium to support the kingdom’s ambition to expand its electric vehicle (EV) sector, a news report said. Alkhorayef will meet with his counterpart in Santiago, Reuters reported, quoting a Chilean government statement. The report said the two officials will discuss […]

A wind farm in Beberibe municipality. The Saudi PIF will invest in a range of sectors in Brazil, including renewable energy

Saudi Arabia’s PIF to invest $15bn to drive Brazil’s growth

The Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, is planning to invest $15 billion in Brazil, according to a media report. The investments will be made in green hydrogen, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, Reuters reported, quoting Brazil’s minister for energy, Alexandre Silveira. In May Manara Minerals, a joint venture between the Saudi […]

Customers at the Starbucks store in Sao Paulo's Alameda Santos

Mubadala-backed Zamp buys Starbucks brand in Brazil

Zamp, a Brazilian restaurant chain backed by Abu Dhabi sovereign fund Mubadala, has signed a deal to buy the Starbucks brand in the South American nation. The operator of Burger King and Popeyes stores in Brazil, Zamp signed an agreement with bankruptcy-hit SouthRock Group to acquire certain assets and rights of the Starbucks brand for 120 […]

A UBS report shows wealthy Latin American families are more likely to invest in the Middle East than US or European counterparts

Wealthy Latin Americans more likely to invest in Middle East

Wealthy Latin American families were more present as investors in the Middle East than those from other parts of the world in 2023, a global banking report says, but overall numbers are low and down from 2022.  UBS bank’s Global Family Office Report for 2024 showed that Latin American families had placed 2 percent of […]

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​QatarEnergy to help develop offshore oil project in Brazil

A consortium including the state-backed QatarEnergy has taken the final investment decision to develop the second phase of the Sépia oil and gas field, 200km off the coast of Brazil. The other partners alongside QatarEnergy are TotalEnergies of France, Petronas of Malaysia, the Netherland’s Petrogal Brazil, and Brazil’s Petrobras, the field operator. A contract was signed […]

Adnoc said it had 'no interest in continuing the process' to buy a controlling stake in Brazil's Braskem

Adnoc ends talks to buy stake in Brazilian petchem producer 

Abu Dhabi state-owned energy company Adnoc has ended talks to buy a controlling stake in Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem. “Adnoc International Limited has no interest in continuing the process of analysis and negotiations with Novonor on the potential transaction,” the São Paulo-listed company said in a bourse filing on Monday. Following the disclosure, Braskem shares dropped […]

Mubadala Brazil Brazilian biofuel

Mubadala to invest $13.5bn in sustainable biofuels in Brazil

Mubadala Capital is to invest $13.5 billion in biofuels in Brazil.  Its chief investment officer and head of Brazil Oscar Fahlgren told the Financial Times that the scheme to produce renewable diesel and aviation kerosene using mainly non-food plant matter is “a very important capital project”.  Mubadala is the second-biggest sovereign wealth fund in Abu […]

Executives from the UAE's Edge Group and Brazil's Condor sign the stake acquisition deal

UAE’s Edge Group buys stake in tear gas manufacturer

The UAE’s state-owned defence company Edge Group has acquired 51 percent of a Brazilian company which specialises in the manufacture of non-lethal technologies (NLT) such as tear gas and rubber bullets. Condor Non-Lethal Technologies (Condor) has presence in more than 85 countries and is the world’s largest producer of tear gas and related products for […]

2REKCFR Soroako, Indonesia. 28th July, 2023. A worker seen in action at Nickel mine, operated by PT Vale Indonesia in Sorowako. U.S. Geological Survey Shows that Indonesian nickel reserves ranked first, reaching 21 million tons or equivalent to 22% global reserves. Credit: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News

Manara takes a $2.5bn stake in Brazilian mining giant

Manara Minerals, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Maaden) and the sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF), has completed a $2.5 billion deal to acquire a stake in a subsidiary of Brazilian giant Vale. Maaden said in a filing to the Saudi Exchange that it has acquired 10 percent of Vale Base Metals Limited […]

UAE South America sugar-plantation

Emirates in trade talks with South American quartet

The UAE is talking to the four South American countries of the Mercosur bloc to deepen trade relations and boost two-way commerce currently worth almost $8 billion a year. The group, which consists of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, is in the preliminary stages of negotiations “to define next steps” of a free trade deal […]

Workers at Cano Limon oil field in eastern Colombia. Oil is one of the country's largest exports

UAE strikes Colombia deal to strengthen Latin American links

The UAE has strengthened trade relations with Latin America after signing a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Colombia, just days after a Cepa deal was struck with Costa Rica. Officials from the UAE and Colombia put pen to paper on an agreement that will cut tariffs and remove trade barriers between the two countries. UAE […]

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Costa Rica added to UAE economic partners

The UAE has signed a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Costa Rica, the latest in a string of trade deals around the world over the past two years. It is the first time the Central American country has signed an agreement with a Middle Eastern country. The agreement will improve trade flows between the two […]

Biomethane is renewable natural gas

Atvos in deal to build biomethane plant in Brazil

Brazilian ethanol producer Atvos has signed an agreement to build a biomethane factory in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, with investments seen at more than 350 million reais ($69.4 million), it said in a statement on Wednesday. The biomethane plant is expected to have a 28-million cubic meter capacity per crop and will […]

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Rumo predicts the port expansion with DP World will cost $500 million

DP World teams up with Rumo for new Brazilian port terminal

DP World and the Brazilian railway operator Rumo are to build a new terminal at the port of Santos in São Paulo, to handle 12.5 million tonnes of grain and fertiliser a year. The project is intended to make the port Brazil’s primary gateway, and central to trade for South America. Rumo estimates the total […]

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Gulf weightings increase on MSCI Emerging Markets

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index has increased the weightings of Gulf countries since their inclusion on the benchmark, as regulators loosened rules and companies ease foreign ownership restrictions to make it easier to invest. According to MSCI, more than $1.3 trillion in assets under management (AuM) was benchmarked against its emerging markets indexes as of […]