On Wednesday September 12th, the Brazil Caucus of the U.S. Congress, in partnership with the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and the Brazilian Embassy, presented the Business Briefing on “Brazil-U.S. Economic Partnership: 2018 and Beyond.”
Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Brazil Caucus Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Congressman Gregory Meeks, as well as Brazilian Ambassador Sergio Silva Do Amaral, the Briefing gathered American and Brazilian companies and government authorities for a discussion on bilateral trade and investment and the benefits of increasing cooperation. The insightful meeting touched on current operations in both nations and the impact of Brazilian-American investment.
Congressman Meeks, opened the discussion with a crucial point, “Brazil was a growing emerging market, [but] it is no longer emerging,” he affirms, “it has arrived” (Meeks 2018).
The briefing included the participation of a panel of senior business executives, including:
- Alan Prowse, Vice President of Rockwell Collins
- Charles Johnston, Vice President of Citigroup,
- Gary Spulak, President of Embraer US
- Peter Barry, President of WEG US
- Roberto Marques, Executive Chairman of Natura & Co.
- Tiffany Atwell, Director of International Government Affairs at Corteva-DowDupont
Each of these executives briefed the audience on the importance and results of the firm Brazil-US partnership. Atwell explained that the Brazil-U.S. partnership is more than creating opportunities; rather it is an “appreciation of each other’s strength and power” (Atwell 2018).
When asked about their thoughts on the future bilateral cooperation, the executives remained hopeful, believing that the upcoming elections will bring opportunities for growth in both nations.