The Council created this robust agenda to stimulate bilateral trade, cross-cultural exchange, and job creation in both Brazil and the U.S., promoting a visa-free environment, congressional passage of Open Skies, the approval of bills authorizing gambling, and much more.
The Brazil-U.S. Visa Free Coalition was created to increase economic and cultural gains from tourism and business travel and strengthen the Brazil-U.S. bilateral relationship. The coalition is composed of participating member companies and stakeholder associations in the two countries. The short-term goal is Brazil’s inclusion in the U.S. Global Entry program, and the long-term goal is to include Brazil in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), with reciprocal treatment by the Brazilian government.
Legalized Outsourcing Activities and Specialized Services Contracts
Support bills that make outsourcing viable in Brazil so that entrepreneurs can choose which activities to outsource based on their business models and protect outsourced employees’ rights under the law.
Open Skies (Air Transport Agreement)
Support congressional passage of policies to alleviate Brazil’s barriers to foreign airlines. Of the 100+ nations that have signed open skies agreements with the U.S., Brazil is one of only a handful that has not put it into effect. Approval of the agreement would significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines, travelers, and shippers, and the U.S. and Brazilian economies would benefit from competitive pricing and more convenient service.
Support congressional passage of the pending bill to establish a flexible workday. Brazil’s labor laws make it difficult to hire part-time employees, which results in lost opportunities to expand employment and hampers the sector’s ability to provide maximum customer service during peak demand. (Accomplished in 2017)
Support Brazilian and U.S. governments’ pursuit of their 2007 presidential commitment toward an agreement addressing the issue of double taxation.
Promote a policy agenda designed for foreign investors, including the U.S. as a strategic partner under the U.S.-Brazil Memorandum of Cooperation for Infrastructure Development. The Council supports Brazil’s Investment Partnership Program to strengthen cooperation between state and private sectors through agreements on public infrastructure projects and privatization. Key infrastructure issues include project prioritization and promotion of transparent bidding processes and environmental Regulatory Framework for Casinos in Brazil licensing process simplification.
Regulatory Framework for Casinos in Brazil
Promote the approval of bills authorizing gambling in Brazil with provisions to encourage the gaming industry to notify the public of responsible gaming resources, while incorporating responsible gambling into business operations.More Testimonials