The Trade Task Force aims to enhance relations between Brazil and the United States in the areas of trade, regulation and customs with the objective of reducing barriers to trade, investment and supply chain capacity.More Testimonials
The Tax & Investment Task Force aims to enhance bilateral investments between Brazil and the United States by means of facilitating cross-border investments and reducing the cost of doing business for foreign companies.More Testimonials
The Innovation Task Force seeks to work with the Brazilian government to develop proven, market-based incentives to drive innovation, technology diffusion, job creation, and economic growth.More Testimonials
The Healthcare Task Force encourages policies that drive investments in the healthcare sector in Brazil while helping to grow the economy, create jobs, and foster social stability and work-force productivity.More Testimonials
The Defense and Security Task Force aims to foster improved relations between Brazil and the United States to help ensure the growth of Brazil’s defense and security capabilities, creating opportunities for U.S. companies.More Testimonials
The Energy Task Force and the Oil & Gas Working Group are committed to working together to strengthen the Brazil-U.S. energy partnership and boost energy security, economic growth, innovation, and job creation in both countries.More Testimonials
The Oil & Gas Working Group is a committee of over 30 companies, primarily from the United States, representing the entire production chain: exploration and production companies; manufacturing; and diverse services from drilling to offshore maritime support.More Testimonials
The Retail & Consumer Goods Task Force is a committee of companies with retail operations and producers of consumer goods with sales in Brazil convened with the goal of creating a more efficient, profitable and safe environment for retail and consumer goods in Brazil.More Testimonials
The Brazil-U.S. Visa Free Coalition advocates for policies that facilitate the entry of Brazilians and Americans into each other’s territory, thereby stimulating bilateral trade, cross-cultural exchange, and job creation.More Testimonials
“It is my pleasure to serve as the new chairman of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council as the organization commemorates its 40th anniversary this year. For 40 years, the Council has been the premier business organization working to promote policies that contribute to growing cooperation, bilateral trade, and investment with Brazil.
The success of our efforts is reflected in the increased volume of trade between our two countries. Two-way trade between the United States and Brazil reached more than $108 billion in 2014, and U.S. exports to Brazil have grown 15% on an annual basis over the past decade. Meanwhile, we are seeing Brazilian firms in sectors ranging from agriculture to steel expanding throughout the United States, with investments totaling more than $93 billion in 2012. However, these figures could and should be much higher.
For this reason, one of the top priorities of the U.S. section of the Council in 2016 is to advocate, together with our partner organization in Brazil, the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), for a more strategic trade relationship between our two countries. The Council’s Trade Study offers data to support our premise that eliminating or substantially reducing barriers to trade with Brazil would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy. We look forward to working with CNI to disseminate the results of our analyses and advance dialogue with our respective governments on this business priority.
The past 40 years have borne witness to numerous economic and political cycles in both the United States and Brazil. Throughout this time, the Council has remained steadfastly committed to the bilateral partnership and to our belief that opportunities can present themselves during the most challenging times.
I look forward to collaborating with our member companies and partners to make progress on the Council’s goals in the year ahead.”
Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III
Brazil-U.S. Business Council, U.S. Section
Chairman and Co-Founder, McLarty Associates