The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulff, will make a State visit to Brazil from May 4-7, 2011. Accompanied by an important business delegation, President Wulff will visit Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In Brasília, he will hold a working meeting with President Dilma Rousseff, when they will discuss the strengthening of the Brazil-Germany Strategic Partnership, established in 2002.
Both countries are interested in intensifying cooperation in science, technology and innovation. Brazil and Germany seek to encourage initiatives on the use of new technologies in areas such as production engineering and materials research and production. Currently, there are more than 20 engineering programs directed to these sectors.
Issues in the bilateral agenda will also be addressed, bearing in mind the simultaneous participation of both countries in the United Nations Security Council and their action within G20.
Brazil is Germany’s main trade partner in Latin America and Germany is Brazil’s fourth largest trading partner. Trade exchange between both countries amounted to US$ 20.6 billion, corresponding to 23% of the trade between Brazil and the European Union.
During the first quarter of 2011, Brazilian exports to Germany reached US$ 2.1 billion, a 31% increase in relation to the same period in 2010. There are more than 1,200 German companies established in Brazil. The contribution of these companies to the Brazilian GDP is estimated at between 8% and 10%.