United States-Brazil Economic Partnership Dialogue
|Minister and Director of Itamaraty's Economic Department, Carlos Marcio Cozendey, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Ambassador Pedro Carneiro Mendonca and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Daniel S. Sullivan during a press conference at Itamaraty. U.S. Embassy photo.
The U.S. and Brazil are the two largest democracies in the Hemisphere and face many of the same challenges as globalization gathers speed and intensity. The U.S.-Brazil Economic Partnership Dialogue (EPD) provides our governments with a venue for overarching cooperation, led by our respective Foreign Ministries, on strategic economic issues not being discussed in other bilateral fora.
Secretary Rice proposed the creation of this dialogue in her March 2007 meeting with Foreign Minister Amorim. Brazil hosted the first meeting of the Dialogue on December 13, 2007, chaired for the U.S. by Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Daniel S. Sullivan and Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Thomas A. Shannon. The second meeting took place in Washington on March 5-6, 2008, with Assistant Secretary Shannon and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Dibble chairing. The third meeting took place in Brazil on October 29-30, 2008, and was led by Assistant Secretaries Sullivan and Shannon. Brazilian Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Roberto Azevedo chaired the first two meetings for Brazil; the third meeting was chaired by Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Pedro Carneiro de Mendonça.
Areas of discussion include civil aviation, import safety, social inclusion, development cooperation, innovation, telecommunications, agriculture, infrastructure and investment.
For more information see the communiqués from the previous EPDs with Brazil:
--10/30/08 Third Session
--03/06/08 Second Session
--12/13/07 First Session