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United States—Brazil CEO Forum

The Governments of the United States and Brazil have agreed to establish a U.S-Brazil CEO Forum. The Forum, consisting of both private and public-sector members, will bring together leaders of the respective business communities of the United States and Brazil to discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly ways to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the two countries. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Allan Hubbard, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, will co-chair this Forum for the United States. The Planalto Casa Civil Minister (Presidential Chief of Staff) and the Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, will co-chair for Brazil.

Background

The Forum is designed to facilitate the exchange of information and encourage bilateral discussions that address how the United States and Brazilian governments can:

  • promote trade, industry and investment as a means toward economic growth;
  • improve competitiveness through innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • partner in skills development to create solutions in education and workforce development;
  • promote technology exchanges in key areas; and
  • support an enabling environment for the rapid and secure movement of goods.

The two governments anticipate that the Forum will convene twice a year, in the United States and in Brazil.

Industry Participation

The Forum, consisting of both private- and public-sector members, will bring together leaders of the respective business communities of the United States and Brazil to discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly ways to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the two countries. The Forum will consist of the U.S. and Brazilian co-chairs and a Committee comprised of private sector members. The Committee will be composed of two Sections each consisting of six to eight members from the private sector, representing the views and interests of the private sector business community in the United States and Brazil. Each government will appoint the members to its respective Section. The Committee will provide recommendations to the two governments that reflect private sector views, needs and concerns regarding creating an economic environment in which their respective private sectors can partner, thrive and enhance bilateral commercial ties to expand trade between the United States and Brazil.

Criteria for Membership

Candidates are currently being sought for membership on the U.S. Section. Each candidate must be a Chief Executive Officer or President (or comparable level of responsibility) of a U.S.-owned or controlled company that is incorporated in and has its main headquarters located in the United States and is currently doing business in Brazil and the United States. Each candidate also must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise legally authorized to work in the United States and able to travel to Brazil and locations in the United States to attend official Forum meetings as well as independent U.S. Section and Committee meetings. In addition, the candidate may not be a registered foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended.

Evaluation of applications for membership in the U.S. Section by eligible individuals will be based on the following criteria:

  • a demonstrated commitment by the individual’s company to the Brazilian market either through exports or investment.
  • a demonstrated strong interest in Brazil and its economic development;
  • the ability to offer a broad perspective and business experience to the discussions;
  • the ability to address crosscutting issues that affect the entire business community; and
  • the ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Forum will be active.

Members will be selected on the basis of who will best carry out the objectives of the Forum as stated in the Terms of Reference establishing the U.S. – Brazil CEO Forum.

The U.S. Section of the Forum should also include members that represent a diversity of business sectors and geographic locations. To the extent possible, Section members also should represent a cross-section of small, medium and large firms.

U.S. members will receive no compensation for their participation in Forum-related activities. Individual members will be responsible for all travel and related expenses associated with their participation in the Forum, including attendance at Committee and Section meetings. Only appointed members may participate in official Forum meetings; substitutes and alternates will not be designated. U.S. members will normally serve for two-year terms, but may be reappointed.

Application Process

Applications for the appointment as U.S. representatives to the U.S. section of the Forum should be received no later than April 20, 2007.

Please submit the following information to the address below:

  • name(s) and title(s) of the individual(s) requesting consideration;
  • name and address of company;
  • size of the company;
  • size of company’s export trade, investment, and nature of operations or interest in Brazil; and
  • a brief statement of why the candidate should be considered, including information about the candidate’s ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Forum will be active.

Applications will be considered as they are received. All candidates will be notified of whether they have been selected.

Contact Information

Please send applications for appointment to the U.S. section to the Forum to the attention of:

Lorrie Lopes
Office of Latin America and Caribbean
U.S. Department of Commerce – Room 3203
14 th and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20230.
Lorrie_Lopes@ita.doc.gov

Applications may also be faxed to 202-482-4726.

For further information, please contact Ms. Lopes at 202-482-4157. Additional information may be found in the Terms of Reference signed on March 16, 2007, by the U.S. and Brazilian Governments, which set forth the objectives and structure of the Forum.