Dilma and businessmen discuss ways for Brazil to gain market share in the US

Brazilian products can increase its sales in the US market and generate more income and jobs in Brazil. The discussion of new business strategy was the subject of a meeting of President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday (28), with Brazilian businessmen in New York.

“The expectation is very good of our coming to the United States. We need to strengthen and broaden our partnership”, said the president.

According to her, the Brazilian government considers strategic a partnership with the United States to expand the ethanol market and promote partnerships in education, science and technology. “We need to look for innovation. The challenges are immense”, she said.

On Monday (29), Dilma will meet with American businessmen in the financial and productive sectors, in addition to ex-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Then, closes in New York the Business Meeting about Opportunities of Investment in Infrastructure in Brazil.

Dilma presents to American businessmen the new stage of the investment Programa de Investimento em Logística (PIL), which will grant the private sector of airports, highways, railways and ports. The planned investments amount to R$ 198,4 billion in the coming years. At the end of the day she leaves for Washington, which has an official dinner hosted by President Barack Obama.

Businessmen

In the first official agenda of his three-day visit to the United States, Dilma listened attentively for more than two hours, the claims of Brazilian businessmen of petrochemical, pharmaceutical, steel and agriculture sector, as well as heavy industry. This group has business activities which together account for one-fifth of the PIB of the country.

The president of the Brazilian Association of Machinery and Equipment (Abimaq), Carlos Pastoriza, asked government support to ensure competitiveness of domestic industry. He complained of attacks promoted against the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES).  “We can’t have this shyness. The BNDES is being massacred, when it is an instrument of development of our country “, said the executive.

Pastoriza welcomed Dilma and praising the “social revolution” promoted by the federal government to reduce inequality through programs like Bolsa Familia and the Mais Alimento. “This is a peaceful revolution that included more people to the market. A capitalist revolution, reducing poverty”, he said.

According to him, Brazil can give this example to the world, including the United States, where social and economic inequality has grown in the last 30 years.

Investments

The first meeting of Dilma with entrepreneurs served to build strategies for strengthening Brazilian industry. The president wanted to discuss ways to expand the investment of companies, including some of the country’s main (JBS, Marfrig, Gerdau, Orygen, Copersucar, Unica Brasil Pharma, Totvs, Usiminas) in the North American market. The United States is the main destination for Brazilian exports of manufactured goods.

Among the executives were Carlos Fadigas (Braskem), André Gerdau (Gerdau), Wesley Batista (JBS), Dante Alírio Junior (Biolab), Elizabeth Farina (Unica), Luiz Roberto Rogetti (Copersucar), Andrew John George (Orygen), Sergio Paulo Gallindo (Brasscom) and Edson Godoy (Dasa).

Attended the meeting also ministers Aldo Rebelo (Science, Technology and Innovation), Armando Monteiro (Development, Industry and Foreign Trade), Renato Janine Ribeiro (Education), Nelson Barbosa (Planning), Joaquim Levy (Finance) and Mauro Vieira (Foreign Relations).

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