The Secretary-general of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Otávio Brandelli, and the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Bareiß, cochaired, on October 9, by videoconference, the 47th meeting of the Brazil-Germany Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation. The forum, which was also attended by top executives from some of the largest Brazilian and German companies, has held annual meetings, without interruption, since 1974.
On the occasion, they reiterated the Brazilian and German support for the prompt signing of the MERCOSUR-EU Association Agreement. The agreement should help overcome the economic impacts of the pandemic. Furthermore, it represents a key instrument to foster and increase competitiveness in the two regions, thus contributing directly to the well-being and prosperity of their peoples.
The meeting agenda also covered topics of primary importance for the Brazilian government, including the country’s accession to the OECD; the negotiation of a bilateral agreement to avoid double taxation; opportunities for investments in infrastructure; intellectual property; partnership in the field of energy; and digital dialogue.