For over twenty years the Brazil Economic Conference has been organized to provide participants with crucial insight into the current and future situation of Brazil. The Conference is held in Washington during the month of October to coincide with the Annual Meeting of the IMF/World Bank. The Conference features keynote addresses by the Finance Minister of Brazil and the President of the Central Bank, and participation by the Brazilian and US Ambassadors, as well as bankers, investors, and corporations who are in Washington for the Annual Meeting.
The Conference is organized in partnership with the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Wilson Center. The Conference generates attendance by over 200 representatives from the community interested in Brazilian-American business, including top executives from the public and private sectors, fund managers, financial analysts, members of the press and representatives from the academic and government spheres.
The Brazilian economy and markets are moving in 4Q 2020 and, although things are clearer now, there are still large uncertainties about the recovery and the weakening of the virus. Many projects were put on hold – including fiscal adjustment, tax reform, and the privatization program – to focus policy on temporarily alleviating the worst economic effects of the pandemic. The question now is when and how successfully the government will make needed reforms. Other issues, such as GSE, have taken a backseat to the economic emergency. All of this has ramifications for the markets and vice-versa. We brought together a broad array of specialists to speak on these subjects. Our first keynote speaker, to present on day one, was President Gustavo Montezano. He looked at policies to alleviate economic harm and a return to asset sales. Then we had a two-part panel looking at the economic and political outlook. Of concern is the path of the public debt and how it will perform under possible fiscal scenarios, one of which has already caused market stress. The panel included several notable economists and analysts from the financial system and academia that Director Paulo Viera da Cunha moderated. Presenting on day two, our second keynote speaker, Haim Israel, Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Global Strategist, gave a broad worldview of these issues. Please join us for these discussions.
Tuesday, October 20th
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Alexei Remizov, Head of Latin America DCM & Financial Solutions Americas, HSBC
H.E. Gustavo Montezano, President, BNDES
Economic and Political Panel
Paulo Vieira da Cunha, Partner, Verbank Consulting, LLC
José Carlos Carvalho, Partner, Economics Department, Vinci Partners
Christopher Garman, Managing Director for the Americas, Eurasia Group
Marcelo Kfoury, Professor of Economics, FGV-EESP
Zeina Latif, Consultant, Gibraltar Consultoria
Lisa Schineller, Managing Director, S&P Global Rating
Roberto Secemski, Brazil Economist, Barclays
Daniel Tenengauzer, Chief Economist, BNYMellon
Wednesday, October 21st
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John H. Welch, Executive Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce
Haim Israel, Managing Director and Global Strategist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
The Economic Conference is an opportunity to participate in meaningful exchange with government leaders and businesses and opinion makers. The speakers and the audience are represented by business executives from the top U.S. and Brazilian companies, government officials of all ranks and areas, and leaders from both countries. Together, they constitute an excellent channel for companies looking to highlight their businesses in Brazil and strengthen their branding and public relations profile.
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