U.S. Commerce Department officials said progress was made to strengthen the economic relationship between the United States and Brazil, following the eighth meeting of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, which took place in Brasilia this week.
“It is clear that both the Obama and Rousseff administrations recognize that our two countries must continue to build on the strength of U.S.-Brazil economic relations,” said U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank in a statement.
“This meeting of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum was an opportunity to hear from companies about how we can improve our commercial relationship to help businesses in both of our countries succeed. We heard many recommendations from the CEOs, on topics ranging from tax issues, to efforts that will ease travel between our two countries, to cooperation on infrastructure development and to support of educational exchanges and workforce development,” she said. “This establishes a strong agenda for our work over the months and years to come.”
The U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum was created to bring private sector leaders from both countries together to develop joint recommendations on how to deepen our commercial ties, and to present those recommendations to the U.S. and Brazilian governments. During the forum, the 17 chief executive officers recommended:
- Calling on the governments to take advantage of the momentum from the recently-approved Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) to take on additional tax issues that could eventually pave the way for a Bilateral Tax Treaty.
- Continuing to make progress on Brazil’s participation in the Global Entry Program, making it easier for Brazilians traveling to the United States on business to get through immigration at U.S. airports.
- Continuing efforts to increase cooperation in the area of infrastructure and take advantage of the U.S. infrastructure trade mission, scheduled for May, to create opportunities for U.S. and Brazilian companies to partner on infrastructure improvements.
- Continuing to cooperate on education and workforce development issues by supporting programs like President Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative and Brazil’s “Scientific Mobility Program.”
- Building on the work of the Strategic Energy Dialogue and involve the private sector in energy infrastructure and policy discussions.
- Building on cooperation between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil’s National Institute of Industrial Property to engage in more formal work-sharing efforts to support innovation.
- Continuing work begun under the Aviation Partnership Agreement to advance aviation cooperation and use the Aviation Partnership as a model for other sectors.
A formal set of CEO recommendations from the 2013 U.S-Brazil CEO Forum will be released in the coming weeks, the Commerce Department said.
Blank said the Commerce Department will lead an infrastructure-focused trade mission to Brazil – as well as Colombia and Panama – in May. The goal of the mission is not only to increase U.S. exports, but share U.S. expertise in infrastructure development with these countries, and to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to a sustained economic partnership with Brazil and the region, she said.
The U.S. Brazil CEO Forum last met in April 2012, during President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the United States. The 12 Brazilian companies and 10 U.S. companies that make up the CEO Forum represent significant commercial interests in both markets. The U.S. CEOs serve two-year terms, and are selected from respondents to a joint Commerce-White House Federal Register
notice. The next recruitment for U.S. CEOs is expected in the spring of 2013, as the current term expires in August, the Commerce Department said.