Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today in Brasilia to strengthen economic and trade relations as a key element in the ties between the two countries.
“The economic dimension has grown tremendously” in bilateral relations, said the U.S. diplomat in a speech at the headquarters of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI).
In the presence of a large representation of entrepreneurs, the Secretary of State noted the importance of supporting investment in these areas because they contribute “to meet the challenges of our time.”
Clinton said there are many outstanding issues on the agenda of both countries, as a treaty to avoid double taxation, an agreement for future investments and an eventual free trade agreement, while intensifying advocated a “faster connection among the peoples “of Brazil and the U.S.
“I’m here because I think we can do much more,” said Clinton, who championed relations “durable, stronger and deeper” and said his “commitment” to ensure that the private sector plays a central role.
Clinton also described as “very successful” meeting held last week that U.S. President Barack Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff.
He also referred to the Summit of the Americas, held last weekend in Cartagena (Colombia), meeting in which he said that the different leaders expressed their common concern about the shortage of skilled workers in the region and added that the authorities must be “smart to fill that void.”
He also referred to increased tourist spending in the U.S. and Brazil reiterated that the U.S. government is speeding up procedures to facilitate the granting of visas to citizens of Brazil.
Prior to the intervention of Clinton, appeared on U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who said Obama is aware of the importance of starting a “new day” in bilateral relations.
He recalled that the Brazilians are traveling in record numbers to the U.S. and said it is necessary to promote new destinations for Brazilians as well as Orlando (Florida) and New York.
Trade flows between the U.S. and Brazil amounted to 60,000 million dollars in 2011.
USA, the second trading partner after China Brazil, also occupies the second position as a source of tourists to Brazil.
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