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Meet the International Counselors - Brazil | 2005-Sep-21

Meet the International Counselors - Brazil

"Doing Business in Brazil"

News Release: September 21, 2005



On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, the Washington Network Group and the International Gateway convened a business briefing and networking reception to examine investment and export opportunities in the Brazilian market. Presentations and prepared collateral materials provided attendees with tangible advice and specific recommendations that companies can use to pursue business in Brazil.

Following panel presentations and Q&A time (90 minutes), there was a networking reception ~ beer and wine, and hors d'oeuvres ~ held in the same space.

Special Thanks: We would like to thank Antonio Ceasar da Silva, Trade Promotion Officer at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C. for his assistance in making this event possible.

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Our Original Invitation:

Please join the Washington Network Group and the International Gateway when we convene our next "Meet the International Counselors" briefing on overseas market opportunities - in Brazil!

Meet the International Counselors - Brazil

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Ronald Reagan Building
and International Trade Center
~ Polaris Room ~
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Venue directions: click here

Our next business briefing will examine investment and export opportunities in the Brazilian market. Presentations and prepared collateral materials will provide attendees with tangible advice and specific recommendations that companies can use to pursue business in Brazil.


Registration: $25 WNG Members / $35 Non-Members

Panel Speakers:

Carlos Alfredo Lazary Teixeira, Embassy of Brazil - Minister-Counsellor
Rubens Gama, Embassy of Brazil - Counselor, Trade Promotion
Meg Ward, U.S. Department of Commerce - Office of Latin America and the Caribbean
Dalton Luz, Politec, Inc. (leading Brazilian IT firm) - Chief Executive Officer, USA
Bill Stokes, Washington Network Group - Chairman (moderator)


Backgrounder:

• Brazil accounts for about 50% of South America's population and GDP. It has a dynamic and open economy characterized by a highly diversified manufacturing sector.

• The Brazilian economy is larger than all other South American economies combined. On a Purchasing Power Parity basis, Brazil's economy surpasses the US$ 1 trillion mark.

• Upper and upper middle classes together include over 40 million consumers.

• According to FAO, Brazil ranks fourth among the top 20 crop and livestock producers in the world, after China, USA, and India.

• Brazilian exports more than doubled since 2000, reaching an all-time record of US$ 100 billion in the 12-month period ending in February of 2005.

• The number of cellular telephones in operation in Brazil increased tremendously in the last 10 years. It went from 800 thousand in 1996 to 27 million in 2001 and over 73 million in 2005 (May).

• Brazil is a major recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI). Net FDI flows into Brazil incresead 79% in 2004 over 2003, compared to 46% growth of FDI in South America and 14% growth of worldwide FDI (Source: ECLAC).

• Over 400 Fortune 500 companies have operations in Brazil.

Program Format:

Our briefing format includes moderated panel presentations and Q&A time (90 minutes), followed by a business networking reception (beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres).


Convening Organizations:

This event is convened under our "Meet the International Counselors" monthly briefing series. The WNG's partner for this program is the International Gateway, an initiative of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.


Supporting Organizations:

Embassy of Brazil
EndeavorConnect LLC
U.S. Commercial Service's Export Assistance Centers serving Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia

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