The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, William Hague, will visit Brazil on February 17-19. The British Secretary of State will participate in scheduled events in Manaus, Brasilia and São Paulo.
On February 18, in Brasilia, he will be hosted by the Foreign Minister, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado. On the occasion, the third edition of the Brazil-UK Strategic Dialogue will take place, and topics such as global governance, peace, security and prosperity will be examined. Brazil and the United Kingdom also cooperate in areas such as trade and investment (especially in the oil and gas sector), defense, science, and technology and education.
A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation, linked to the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, and Wilton Park, linked to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom. The instrument will establish partnerships between those institutions to conduct joint events and publish material on matters of mutual interest related to the two countries' foreign policy.
Under the "Science without Borders" program about 6500 scholarships were awarded to Brazilian students for study at British universities – making the UK the second largest destination for those enrolled in the program.
The United Kingdom was the 15th main Brazilian trade partner in 2013. Bilateral trade grew by over 120% in 2004-2013, from US$ 3.47 billion to US$ 7.68 billion. Trade balance, favorable to Brazil for the whole period, registered a surplus of US$ 453 million in 2013.