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 2017 Conference began with a presentation by H.E. Ilan Goldfajn, Governor, Central Bank of Brazil. Following the Governor’s remarks, a panel entitled “Seeking Growth and Competitiveness Through Reform” addressed recently approved micro-reforms and their impact on Brazil’s productivity. The panel was moderated by Paulo Sotero, Director, Woodrow Wilson Institute, and comprised of Meg Lundsager, also of Woodrow Wilson and Antonio Spilimbergo, Assistant Director, IMF.
Gabrielle Trebat, of McLarty Associates, next moderated a panel entitled “Prospects for Investing,” comprised of company representatives discussing the business climate in Brazil. Panelists included Richard Mayfield, EVP, Walmart International, Trevor Gunn, VP International Relations, Medtronic, and Shannon Herzfeld, VP Global Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland.
Concluding the morning sessions was a panel “Brazil Economic and Political Outlook” moderated by Paulo Vieira da Cunha. The panel comprised of economists, analysts, and consultants discussing current economic and political conditions in Brazil. The panelists included Alexandre Bassoli, Chief Economist, Opportunity Asset Management, Christopher Garman, Managing Director of the Americas, Eurasia Group, and Zeina Latif, Chief Economist, XP Investment.
The Conference concluded with a conversation with H.E. Henrique Meirelles, Minister, Ministry of Finance of Brazil.
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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