The Council of Brazilian Representatives Abroad (CRBE) will convene between 2 and 6 May. Among the activities planned by the Office of the Undersecretary-General for Brazilian Communities Abroad (SGEB) of the Ministry of External Relations (MRE) and by the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG) are a cycle of lectures on Itamaraty and its consular affairs, in addition to meetings with representatives from other public organs involved in addressing the demands of the Brazilian diaspora in areas such as education, communication, culture, health, labor, social security, remittances, among others. They will go over the activities developed so far by the Council and draw up a joint Working Plan for the 2011-2012 period. The sessions will be closed to the general public.
CRBE was established by Decree nº 7.214, signed on 15 June 2010, as an advisory organ to Itamaraty and as a means of reaching out to Brazilian communities abroad. Its members were sworn in on 3 December 2010 by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and provide voluntary, unremunerated work.
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