During a meeting with Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Neri Geller, in São Paulo on 8 December, Harihara said the Japanese Ministry of Health was already in the final phase of the analysis of Brazil’s documentation, and that "this is the last step to resume negotiations".
Geller spoke of the success the Brazilian beef industry had achieved this year in winning and reopening markets. According to a statement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) five countries withdrew their embargo on Brazilian beef over the year: Saudi Arabia, South Africa, China, Egypt and Iran.
"This shows the confidence of partners in the quality of Brazilian products and the Health Surveillance service of our country," said Geller.
Geller and Harihara signed a memorandum of intent during the meeting, with the aim of expanding the two countries’ relationship in terms of agriculture.