On July 24, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Brazil, Alain Brian Bergant was honored by the Slovenia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce (Slobraz) and the Association of Slovenians in Brazil (União dos Eslovenos do Brasil – UEB) at a dinner organized by Octávio Tavares de Oliva Filho, Honorary Consul of Slovenia in the State of São Paulo, and his wife Rosana Hlebanja Oliva.
The event was attended by members of the Chamber and the Association of Slovenians, ambassadors, and business people. Bergant was given a plaque and the book entitled “Gênesis” by renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, delivered by Slobraz President Matjaž Cokan and UEB Vice President Boris Kranjc Alves.
The ambassador also awarded the President of the Global Council Sales of Marketing Latin America (GCSM), Agostinho Turbian, with a plaque recognizing his contribution to strengthening ties between Brazil and Slovenia.
The ambassador’s term began in 2015 and was marked by an expansion in Brazil-Slovenia relations, with an increase in contact between the authorities from the two countries; 25% growth in bilateral trade, surpassing 500 billion dollars in 2018; the founding of the Slovenia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce (Slobraz) in São Paulo; the inauguration of the Slovenian consulate in Recife, along with plans for three more before the end of the year, to be located in Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, and Belo Horizonte.
The cultural diplomacy promoted by the embassy included the organization of cultural events, with exhibitions of Slovenian architecture, music, photography, and cinema. In addition to being one of the first embassies to participate in the Embassy Open House program last year, the Slovenian embassy received an award for promoting education in Brazil’s Federal District.
In his farewell speech, Bergant thanked the local and diplomatic communities for their support, without which he said it would not have been possible to fulfill his mission so successfully. He also expressed his desire to return to Brazil, which he has called home for the past few years, and closed by saying: “I am very confident that the next chapter after my departure will be even more exciting.
Even though this action film I’m in is almost over, my passion and love story with Brazil will continue on forever.” We send our thanks to Alain Brian Bergant and wish him success at his new posting.