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Task Forces and Working Groups

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council's main policy activities are conducted through its Task Forces and Working Groups. Advocacy positions are developed through dialogue with members in these internal committees and are reviewed two times a year during our Strategic Planning Session and Mid-Year Policy Review. The Council currently has 5 Task Forces and 6 Working Groups, covering every major business sector. 

BRAZTAC

The Brazil Trade Action Coalition (BRAZTAC) comprises a broad range of agricultural, manufacturing, and services businesses and trade associations representing the majority of sectors of the U.S. economy. The Coalition's mission is to engage U.S. Congress and the U.S. Administration in support of policies that stimulate trade and investment between the United States and Brazil

Partnership21

Partnership21 was an event organized by the Government of Brazil in partnership with the U.S. and Brazilian private sectors and academic communities.The goal of the Conference was to explore areas of further U.S.-Brazil cooperation both in business and in education. To achieve this goal, the Conference was structured as two events in one, having both a “business track” and an “education track.” Each track addressed major bilateral areas of cooperation through three different panels, totaling six panels with business-education pairs running in parallel.

Scientific Mobility Program

The Scientific Mobility Program (SMP) is an effort of the Government of Brazil aimed at promoting, consolidating, and internationalizing science and technology, innovation, and Brazilian competitiveness through international exchanges. BUSBC, recognizing the significance of the Scientific Mobility program, works with our members and partners to facilitate the implementation of the SMP and disseminate information on the program to the U.S. private sector. During the Partnership21 conference featuring President Rousseff, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce signed a protocol of intentions with the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI) to join efforts in this endeavor. The Chamber and CNI reaffirm their longstanding partnership to foster business growth and to better the business environment in and between Brazil and the United States.

U.S.-Brazil Business Summit

Through the U.S.-Brazil Business Summit, BUSBC brought together American and Brazilian business leaders to explore progress and goals in the bilateral commercial relationship. President Barack Obama addressed the Summit in March 2011 and acknowledged the need to strengthen economic ties between the United States and Brazil to create jobs and business opportunities for both countries.

U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum

The U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum was created in 2007 by the United States and Brazilian governments to strengthen economic and commercial ties between the twocountries. The CEO Forum, comprised of private and public sector representatives, convenes leaders from the U.S. and Brazil to form consensus on priorities in the bilateral trade and investment relationship and advance policy recommendations with both governments.

Visa Reform

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council is actively involved with the efforts of the Discover America Partnership to expand travel between Brazil and the United States and advance visa and entry reforms that will enable the United States to regain the 17 percent market share of overseas travelers it had in 2000 by 2015.The Partnership, under the leadership of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Travel Association, is at a unique position to craft policy recommendations aiming at streamlining the U.S. visa process and increasing the flow of travelers from Brazil to the United States.

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