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by Monique Fridell
November 1, 2012
Greg Page, chair of the U.S. Section of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and chairman of the board and CEO of Cargill.
by Diego Bonomo
August 9, 2012
by Kathleen McInerney
May 4, 2012
When talking about environmental issues like water management and energy efficiency, as well as job creation and economic growth, it’s important to look past our own borders and see how our partnership with Brazil can help achieve our goals. As President Obama acknowledged last year when he elevated the bilateral energy and economic dialogues to the presidential-level, Brazil is a key partner for America’s energy, environmental, and economic future.
On the heels of the Partnership21 Conference and President Rousseff’s visit to the U.S. Chamber, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council’s Export Green program led a trade mission to Brazil with small and medium sized companies to further our trade and environmental ties with Brazil. An important focus of the trip was wastewater management, a market expected to grow quickly in the coming years with the chronic global shortage of freshwater, as a new report from Global Industry Analysts shows.
We traveled to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife, where the delegation members connected with potential partners and clients and heard from experts in their sectors. Recognizing the importance of this trade mission, representatives from the Department of Energy and Department of Commerce accompanied us to Brazil and participated in the mission’s activities. You can see pictures from the trade mission here.
Last month’s Partnership21 Conference brought together more than 500 people to discuss key issues in U.S.-Brazil relations and hear from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Two main topics on the agenda for the day were, not surprisingly, our partnerships in trade and energy. As the participants at the conference recognized, pursuing these partnerships is integral to achieving growth and innovation in both countries.
We look forward to a continued partnership between the United States and Brazil as we work together to create jobs, drive growth, and power our countries with green energy.
April, 26 2012
by Diego Bonomo
Every connoisseur knows that the older the spirit, the better it is. After aging for nearly a decade, the Cachaça-Whiskey agreement is ready to be enjoyed.
This month, the U.S. Government agreed to start the process to recognize Cachaça as a distinctive product of Brazil. In turn, Brazil will designate both Bourbon Whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey as distinctive American goods. This will allow for greater trade in spirits between the United States and Brazil. While not the most far reaching agreement signed on the occasion of President Rousseff’s visit to Washington, D.C. this month, this agreement shows the dedication of the two countries to deepen their trade relations.
Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane, is the key ingredient in Brazil’s national drink – the Caipirinha – and an integral part of Brazilian culture, history, and image abroad. But it has long been confused with Caribbean and Central American rum due to labeling requirements in the United States.
Bourbon Whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey have been sold in Brazil for many decades but still face market barriers. This agreement will help overcome one major barrier helping position the U.S. spirits in the growing Brazilian market.
We have long advocated for this “double recognition” of Cachaça and Whiskey and applaud the decision by both governments to further the bilateral relationship.
A toast of Cachaça and Whiskey to a very productive month by our governments and private sector!
April 5, 2012
by Jodi Hanson Bond
On Monday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will make her first official visit to Washington, D.C. and will address a hall full of top U.S. and Brazilian government officials and business leaders at the Chamber. President Rousseff will speak at the closing plenary of the Partnership21 Conference, organized by the Government of Brazil in partnership with the Chamber, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, and other groups. Tom Donohue will welcome President Rousseff and Secretary Clinton to the Chamber for a day of engagement on key U.S.-Brazil issues including trade and investment, energy, and innovation and competitiveness.
After a year of continuous bilateral efforts to expand U.S.-Brazil relations, April 9th will be a milestone in advancing the U.S.-Brazil partnership. President Rousseff’s visit will deepen our cooperation with Brazil in a number of significant areas, including on commercial and educational issues.
A little over a year ago, President Rousseff and President Obama met in Brazil, where they established three presidential-level dialogues, signed 10 new bilateral agreements, and expressed their commitment to the U.S.-Brazil partnership. Since then, both governments and business communities have been working hard on the pledges made by our presidents.
In his address at last year’s U.S.-Brazil Business Summit, President Obama made clear that “there is no question that the United States and Brazil benefit from the economic ties we’ve developed over the years. There’s also no question that strengthening those ties would be a win-win for both our nations.” We here at the U.S. Chamber agree. Strengthening our ties and furthering our partnership will bring benefits to our citizens and our economies. Our commercial relationship helps create jobs, drive growth, and foster innovation.
During the occasion of President Rousseff’s visit to Washington, D.C., the Government of Brazil in partnership with the U.S. and Brazilian private sectors and academic communities, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, has organized the Partnership21 Conference to explore areas of further U.S.-Brazil cooperation both in business and in education.
We applaud this effort. As natural partners, the United States and Brazil must continue to work towards overcoming our common challenges and achieving inclusive growth and prosperity for our citizens and nations.
Mark your calendars – April 9, 2012 promises a great deal.
February 17, 2012
by Kathleen McInerney
Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce released trade statistics for 2011. According to the report, the United States exported more than US$40 billion to Brazil, supporting more than 200,000 jobs and signaling the importance of the South American giant to the expansion of U.S. exports and President Obama’s stated goal two years ago of doubling U.S. exports within five years. The U.S. also enjoyed a trade surplus of more than $11 billion with Brazil in 2011.At a time when the United States has nearly $558.0 billion trade deficit with the world, this is no small fact.
This week, with the Department of Commerce Report in hand, the Export Green initiative is in California speaking with local companies on how they can export their green technology to Brazil, and in the process support U.S. jobs and innovation. In the next few months, the Export Green initiative and the Department of Commerce will lead a trade mission to Brazil to further support U.S. small and medium sized companies in the Brazilian market.
With a thriving economy and the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, the Brazilian market is abound with opportuny for U.S. companies, both large and small. And with resources like the Export Green Initative, these companies are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the demand in the Brazilian market.
Although we are on track to achieve the goal of doubling U.S. exports, there is still work to be done. Trade with Brazil is key to achieving this goal and expanding U.S. jobs, competitiveness, and innovation.
February 1, 2012
by Jodi Hanson Bond
Last week, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development announced that foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Brazil increased by35.3%,showing that despite a global economic slowdown U.S. companies continue to see opportunities in Latin America’s biggest economy. In 2012 and beyond, engagement with Brazil has the potential to create American jobs and drive economic growth.
The high growth of the Brazilian economy and the preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics have created a burgeoning demand for infrastructure and green technology in the Brazilian market. The Brazil-U.S. Business Council’s Export Green Initiative is working with the Department of Commerce to lead atrade mission to Brazil to meet this Brazilian demand and to help achieve the goal of doubling total U.S. exports set by President Obama in his State of the Union address two years ago.
To drive the bilateral commercial and economic agenda, we have invited President Dilma Rousseff to speak at the U.S.-Brazil Business Summit during her upcoming trip to Washington D.C. This is an opportunity for President Rousseff to address the American business community and discuss how we can work together to create jobs and opportunities in the United States and Brazil.
These initiatives come on the heels of the launch our newly redesigned website and the election of Greg Page, CEO and chairman of Cargill, to chair our board. With the business community fully energized and equipped to create jobs and drive economic growth in both countries, 2012 promises a great deal.
December 6, 2011
by Steven Bipes
Last Friday, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council had the pleasure of hosting Senator Richard Lugar for a Brazil Forum Luncheon at the Chamber.
October 14, 2011
by Steven Bipes
This was a big week for trade! Not only did we witness the long awaited passage of the three Free Trade Agreements, the Generalized System of Preferences, and the Trade Adjustment Assistance, but it also marked the visit of key high-level Brazilian officials to Washington, DC: Brazilian Secretary of Foreign Trade Tatiana Prazeres and Brazilian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo.
August 17, 2011
by Steven Bipes
Once the land of bikinis and exotic cocktails, Brazil has transformed into a global economic and energy powerhouse, as evidenced by real estate prices that exceed even those in New York City. U.S. companies ranging from land-movers like Caterpillar, to service providers like UPS, are finding Brazil to be a lucrative, but not simple, market for global growth potential.
March 22, 2011
by Trinh Nguyen
Yesterday, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council trade delegation concluded the last day in Brazil with visit to São Paulo, the largest state economy in Brazil. The delegation met with a variety of U.S. and Brazilian government officials as well as key industry representatives ranging from Fred Hochberg (President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank), Ambassador Thomas Shannon (U.S. Ambassador to Brazil), Carlos Cavalcanti (the Director of Energy for Federal of Industries of the State of Paulo), and Luciano Almeida (President of Invest São Paulo).
March 21, 2011
by Trinh Nguyen
On Sunday, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council trade delegation wrapped up the second day of the mission with visit to Rio de Janeiro. Earlier in the day, the delegation met with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs David Sandalow to discuss business opportunities in Brazil. The delegation expressed strong support for proactive policies to remove barriers to open more trade and investment opportunities in Brazil.
March 20, 2011
by Trinh Nguyen
Yesterday in Brasilia, President Barack Obama addressed the U.S. – Brazil Business Summit, a historic event hosted by the Brazil-US Business Council in conjunction with the National Conference Industry and the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil. At the event, President Obama acknowledged the need to strengthen economic ties between the United States and Brazil to create jobs and business opportunities for both countries.
March 3, 2011
by Dave Natonski
Later this month, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will welcome President Barack Obama to Brasília as part of his travels to South America. The President will have the opportunity outline his plan for creating jobs and highlight the sustained economic growth in Brazil that has created many business opportunities for both Brazilian and U.S. companies.
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