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Secretary Locke Advances U.S.-Brazil Trade Relationship During Presidential Trip

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Secretary Locke chats with Fernando Pimentel, the Brazilian Minister of Development Industry and Foreign Trade

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke arrived today in Brazil, where he will accompany President Obama on his first trip to South America. Locke participated in number of meetings with key ministers leading up to the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum tomorrow. 

Locke met with Fernando Pimentel, the Brazilian Minister of Development Industry and Foreign Trade to discuss ongoing cooperation on key commercial relationship issues and the short- and long-term priorities of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum.

Earlier in the day, Locke met with Antonio Palocci, President Dilma Rousseff's Chief of Staff and co-chair of the U.S.-Brazil CEO forum, to discuss increased commercial engagement between the two countries. He discussed improving cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights issues with Brazilian Minister of Culture Ana de Hollanda.

During the evening, Locke and other Administration officials met with more than a dozen U.S and Brazilian CEOs to set priorities and goals for tomorrow's U.S. Brazil CEO Forum.

Locke will co-chair tomorrow’s sixth meeting of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum where U.S. and Brazilian business leaders will discuss concrete recommendations to improve trade between the two countries.

[Press Release]

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Secretary Gary Locke - U.S.-Brazil Trade Relationship

As an illustration of U.S. Department of Commerce's committment to the American people, I beieve that Secretary Locke's accompanying President Obama on his first trip to South America, provides transparancy to DOC's and the President's agenda efforts to enhance relationships and increase bilateral trade between our to nations. Robust dialogue and relationships definitely is a medium for our key commercial relationship issues and short- and long-term priorities of the U.S.-Brazil. These type forums should encourage the American peoples' confidence in knowing, although we are experiencing difficult economic issues in our Nation, DOC is staying its course to maintain trade iniatives and goals.