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President Dilma Roussef will undertake a working visit to Buenos Aires on January 31, 2011. It is her first visit abroad since taking office on January 1.

In choosing Argentina as President Dilma Rousseff’s first international destination, Brazil reaffirms the priority assigned to its main South America partner.  In the working meeting with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President Dilma Rousseff will reiterate the Brazilian disposition to maintain regular high-level contacts, including within the Brazil-Argentina Integration and Coordination Mechanism (MICBA), and to strenghten the close coordination between the two countries in regional and multilateral fora, particularly MERCOSUR and UNASUR.

President Dilma Roussef will offer to broaden the range of bilateral affairs, with special attention to the creation of a citizen-oriented agenda in issues such as housing, wastewater collection and urban development, education, culture and the promotion of equal opportunities.

The Brazilian Government wishes to maintain and strenghten bilateral cooperation in strategic areas in which there are ongoing projects, particularly in nuclear and space cooperation, physical infrastructure integration, energy integration, cooperation in the aviation and naval sectors, cooperation between development banks and productive integration.  During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Bionenergy will be signed.

Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner are also expected to launch the proposal for a Brazil-Argentina Business Forum, to be coordinated by the respective Foreign Affairs and Industry and Trade Ministries, with a view to consolidating a veritable culture of integration among businesspeople in both countries.  The Forum will carry out assessments and offer proposals to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the countries, to increase competitiveness of the economies, to further productive integration and to broaden joint trade promotion initiatives. 

Brazil is the main destination for Argentinean exports and is Argentina’s main supplier.  In 2010, bilateral exchange reached approximately US$ 33 billion, a larger sum than the previous US$ 30.8 billion record in 2008.  Over 80% of the trade exchange comprises manufactured goods.

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