BRAZILIAN PROJECTION IN THE WORLD
Brazil has established itself as the largest economy in Latin America and the 9th largest economy in the world, with a GDP worth US $ 1.8 trillion. In 2020, Brazilian exports totaled US $ 138.6 billion and imports, US $ 102.0 billion, generating a positive balance in the trade balance of US $ 36.5 billion.
With highlights for the export of soy, iron ore, sugar and meat, Brazil has five major trading partners in the world. They are: China, the United States, Argentina, the Netherlands, Germany and the Middle East.
THE BRAZILIAN DIPLOMACY
The country presents the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério das Relações Exteriores – MRE) for initiatives to support international business, integrated with other ministries and organizations that promote foreign trade, foreign investment, and tourism.
INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND EXPORT
The Brazilian export and investment promotion area is led by the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), which works to promote the country’s products and services abroad and attract foreign investments to important sectors of the Brazilian economy . This promotion takes place through commercial and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in international fairs and visits by foreign buyers to learn about the country’s productive structure in order to strengthen native products.
Thus, Apex provides several services to help Brazilian companies to internationalize and become relevant on the world stage. Services include market intelligence analysis, business training and consulting, identification of internationalization strategies, business promotion and corporate image and attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI).
Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency
Director: President Sergio Ricardo Segovia Barbosa
PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURE
The Brazilian agricultural sector is led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento – MAPA), which is responsible for the management of public policies to stimulate agriculture, for the promotion of agribusiness and law proposition and regulation of services linked to the sector. In this way, the Ministry seeks an integration between the market, technological, scientific, environmental, and organizational aspects of the sector, as well as those related sectors, be it supply, storage and transportation of crops.
MAPA seeks a sustainable development of the Brazilian products, while working to make them increasingly competitive, aiming at the “food security” of the population and the production of surpluses for export, thus favoring the national productive sector and the country’s insertion in the international market.
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply
Director: Minister Tereza Cristina Correa da Costa Dias
TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION AND INNOVATION
Those responsible for promoting the Brazilian technological sector were consolidated in June 2020, when the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovations (Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações – MCTI) was created. The ministry’s main objective is to produce knowledge, wealth and contribute to the quality of life of Brazilians.
Its active areas include national policies for scientific and technological research, planning, coordination, supervision and control of science, technology and innovation activities, development of information technology and automation, biosafety, control sensitive goods and services exports and the formulation of biosafety, space and nuclear policies.
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations
Director: Minister Marcos Cesar Pontes
The development of the tourism sector as a sustainable economic activity is a responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism, which has a relevant role in generating jobs as well as foreign exchange. The Ministry preaches a decentralized management model, guided by strategic thinking.
In their decentralized structuring they include three departments that have different functions. The National Secretariat for the Structuring of Tourism (Secretaria Nacional de Estruturação do Turismo) has the purpose of planning, ordering, and structuring the tourist regions included in the Brazilian Tourism Map. The National Secretariat for Development and Competitiveness (Secretaria Nacional de Desenvolvimento e Competitividade) is focused on events, products, regulation, and qualification of tourism, assigning responsibilities and compliance with the environment. Finally, the National Interinstitutional Integration Secretariat works to articulate integrated policies and actions, defining areas of tourist interest and promoting an integrated management of Brazilian cultural and natural heritage.
Ministry of Tourism
Director: Marcelo Álvaro Antônio
The Brazilian energy sector is led by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (Ministério de Minas e Energia – MME), which formulates its public policies through two secretariats.
The Electric Energy Secretariat (Secretaria de Energia Elétrica – SEE) has the function of establishing and taking care of electric energy policies and guidelines, guaranteeing the population’s access in all possible ways, be it in generation, transmission and distribution, bringing reliability and quality in the energy that this being offered.
The Energy Planning and Development Secretariat (Secretaria de Planejamento e Desenvolvimento Energético – SPE) establishes public policies coordinating the preparation and implementation of Brazilian energy planning instruments. Among these programs, it could be mentioned the Ten Year Energy Expansion Plan, the National Energy Plan and the National Energy Balance.
Ministry of Mines and Energy
Director: Minister Bento Albuquerque