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Top executives from the public and private sectors, fund managers, financial analysts, members of the press and representatives from the academic and government spheres met at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2017, to discuss the current and future state of Latin America’s largest economy.
Organized annually for over 20 years by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and the Wilson Center, the conference coincides with the fall meetings of the World Bank and IMF. The roster of speakers included:
CONFERENCE LUNCHEON SPEAKER
H.E. Henrique Meirelles, Minister, Ministry of Finance of Brazil
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Ilan Goldfajn, President, Central Bank of Brazil
Ambassador Sergio Amaral, Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S., Embassy of Brazil
Jane Fraser, CEO Citi Latin America
Agenda Topics & Panelists
SEEKING GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH REFORM
Meg Lundsager, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Antonio Spilimbergo, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund
PROPECTS FOR INVESTING
Richard Mayfield, Executive Vice President and CFO, Walmart International
Trevor Gunn, Vice President, International Relations, Medtronic
Shannon Herzfeld, Vice President, Global Government Relations, Arches Daniel Midland
BRAZIL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL OUTLOOK
Alexandre Bassoli, Chief Economist, Opportunity Asset Mangement
Christopher Garman, Managing Director for the Americas, Eurasia Group
Zeina Latif, Chief Economist, XP Investments
On October 10, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council co-hosted the second U.S.-Brazil Defense Industry Dialogue (DID), a gathering with over a hundred leaders from both government and private sectors underlining the need not only for bilateral cooperation but also for new partnerships.
Officials called the Dialogue a key element in assuring, “a steady, stable Western Hemisphere.” Another official said the Dialogue “sets the standard for growing bilateral defense industry cooperation.”
The meeting kicked off with a session of top government officials that addressed the strategic importance of government-to-government bilateral defense cooperation as well as ideas for enhanced collaboration between the two private sectors. In September 2016 the two governments signed a letter of intent formalizing the commitment to establishing the U.S.-Brazil Defense Industry Dialogue, as a strategic government to business platform.
During this DID, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council announced the submission of a letter of support for the advancement of a Technology Safeguards Agreement between the U.S. and Brazil that will provide a government-to-government legal framework for companies to explore business opportunities in areas of space exploration.
This DID showcased Council member company executives as thought leaders alongside the following top government leaders: Ken Hyatt, U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for the International Trade Administration, Flávio Basílio, Secretary of Defense Products the Ministry of Defense, Sergio de la Peña, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs for the U.S. Department of Defense, Hussein Ali Kalout, Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs for the Brazilian Presidency, and Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, Civilian Deputy to the Commander United States Southern Command.