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Brazil in the USA
Newsletter of the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C.

Highlights from June, 2019 

G20: Bolsonaro and Trump meet to bolster ties

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, President Jair Bolsonaro met US President Donald Trump. The leaders followed up on issues addressed during President Bolsonaro's visit to Washington in March. They also discussed a proposal for a bilateral free trade agreement with a view to strengthening economic ties, remarking that "by working together, Brazil and the US can have a very positive impact on the world'.

President Bolsonaro also invited President Trump to visit Brazil. President Trump indicated he accepted the invitation and stated that the two countries were "as close or closer as they’ve ever been".
 
Brazil and US sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Transportation

The Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, and US Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to foster collaboration on investment and innovation strategies between the two countries.

The document provides for the exchange of information and better practices on issues such as autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and public-private partnerships to support infrastructure development. The MoC also provides for the exchange of scientific information, experts, students and joint research.

 

Visa Waiver to US passport holders

On June 17, the visa waiver policy for US, Australian, Canadian and Japanese passport holders entered into force.  The measure benefits holders of a valid passport traveling for tourism or business and for artistic or sports events. The initiative also covers travelers transiting through Brazil. Visitors will be granted a stay of up to 90 days.

 “This is a historical day for Brazilian tourism and we are certain it means a new level for our country among the main tourist destinations around the world. Our sector is able to contribute to the national economic growth by creating jobs and income and soon we will have positive results to share” said a government official.
Victims of Communism Memorial - 12th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony

As the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brazil joined the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, representatives from over 26 countries, and human rights organizations for the 12th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill. The Foundation was established by a bipartisan Act of Congress, approved in 1993, to build a memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism.
 Minister Sergio Moro visits the US

Minister of Justice Sergio Moro made an official visit to Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia, from June 22 to 25. He was accompanied by officials from the Federal Police and the Federal Highway Police. The Brazilian delegation had meetings with representatives from the Department of State, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and visited different joint interagency task force centers. 
As a result of the high level of cooperation between Brazil and the United States, the Federal Police will place a liaison officer at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) starting next August. This will strenghen even more the bilateral cooperation against transnational organized crime.
Minister of Infrastructure visits DC to meet with with public and private sectors

On June 26-27, Minister Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas visited DC to join a panel at the "Americas Transportation Summit", hosted by the Inter-American Developement Bank. His presentation dealt with “Developing policies to improve transportation services”. The Summit gathered public and private stakeholders to address innovative practives and to promote efficient services. In his meetings with prospective investors, Minister Freitas highlighted Brazil's plan to transfer infrastructure assets to the private sector through concessions in many areas, including 44 airports, 24 seaports, 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) of highways and 8,700 kilometers (5,400 miles) of train lines. 
Brazil takes part in Space Summits held in DC

As the current chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Brazil took part in the "Summit for Space Sustainability" and the "Space Enterprise Summit", held in Washington on June 24-27. In the panels, the Brazilian representative, Secretary André Rypl, addressed the importance of international cooperation in promoting responsible behavior to foster the sustainable use of outer space and the role of diplomacy in achieving these goals.
Students partner with International Space Station to increase interest in science

Students from public and private Brazilian schools took the stage at the National Air and Space Museum in Virgina to present the findings of their experiment delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018.  The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a Space Station Explorers partner program developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in which students design experiments that could be conducted on the ISS. The program has helped to increase awareness among students on the scientific method and STEM subjects.

Coming up...

Choro das 3

Choro Das 3 is a vibrant and virtuosic all-female instrumental ensemble, returning with a new album to the Washington, DC area after a successful sold-out show at the same venue in 2017 and 2018. These three young, talented sisters play in seamless harmony, carrying on the rich tradition of "choro", Brazil’s first popular music.

Date: Sunday, July 7 @ 7 pm
College Park, MD
Click here for tickets
Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto at the Kennedy Center

Three-time Latin Grammy® nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, he has been closely affiliated with Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal throughout his career. Neto’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, improvisation, lyrical melodies, and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. 

Date: Wednesday, July 17 @ 6 pm
The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage

Free Admission
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