On Monday, November 19, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, along with a Dutch business delegation, began their five-day official visit to Brazil. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen relations between the Netherlands and Brazil, with an emphasis on economic cooperation, innovation and science according to RVD.
Today, the royal couple held meetings with Brazilian Secretary of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Ms Heloísa Guimarães Menezes, the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Mr M. Ribeiro Filho, and the Brazilian Minister of Finance, Mr. G. Mantega.
In the afternoon, the prince and princess attended a luncheon meeting with “… representatives of the National Industry Confederation (CNI) counterpart VNO-NCW and SEBRAE equivalent of SME Netherlands.”
Afterward, the royal couple met with the Brazilian Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. LA Paim, as well as attended a seminar on the “… Brazilian program for foreign scholarships …”