The new ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Samoa presented his credentials to His Highness the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.
Mr. Paulo de Camargo was welcomed in an ava ceremony yesterday morning at the Head of State’s residence at Tuaefu.
“The distinction of being appointed by President Michel Temer to represent Brazil in the Independent State of Samoa entails great responsibility and for me, is a source of personal gratification,” Mr. Camargo said.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2005, our exchanges have been characterized by mutual respect and friendship.
“It is a privilege to serve one of the most vibrant countries of the Pacific Ocean and, at the same time, one that is the home of the Fa’a Samoa, the happy people of Polynesia, with their culture and traditions.
In welcoming Mr. Camargo, His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi reminded him about the special closeness between Samoa and Brazil.
“While Samoa and Brazil are geographically distant from each other, we will endeavour to continue working side by side on issues of mutual interest to us, such as rule of law, international peace and security,” he said.
“As a small island developing state, Samoa knows only too well the effects of climate change on our environment, our temperature, sea level and resultant challenges to SIDS.
“I am pleased to hear that Brazil prioritises these issues and that Samoa looks forward to working with Brazil on forging practical and workable ways to address the adverse effects of climate change.
“We hope to continue our collaboration with your country in the promotion of those issues and others through intergovernmental processes and institutions, particularly through the United Nation and the W.T.O.
Ambassador Camargo commenced his foreign affairs career in 1979, where he was posted overseas to work as a Third Secretary and proceeded to take on the roles of Counsellor and Minister, Second Class and First Class.
He was then posted to New York in 1996 where he served as Deputy Consul General.
In 2011, he was posted at the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago where he proceeded to his current position as the Ambassador of Brazil in Wellington, New Zealand.