The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will make a State Visit to Brazil on March 19 and 20, accompanied by his wife, Michelle Obama, and his two daughters. The presidential delegation will also comprise, among other authorities, the National Security Adviser, Thomas Donilon; the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner; the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson; the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke; the Trade Representative, Ron Kirk; the White House Chief of Staff, William Dalley; the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, Michael Froman; and the President of the Eximbank, Fred Hochberg.
In Brasília, the US President will hold working meetings with President Dilma Roussef, when they will address affairs of mutual interest in the bilateral, regional and global agendas, with particular attention to cooperation on reciprocal trade and investment, energy, environment, science, technology and innovation, education, among others.
The visit is part of President Barack Obama’s first travel to South America, on a tour that also includes stops in Chile, first, and in El Salvador, afterwards.
The United States are the largest foreign investor in Brazil, the second largest importer of Brazilian products and Brazil’s second largest trading partner, with a flow that exceeded US$ 46 billion in 2010. Between 2009 and 2010, Brazilian exports to the American market rose by 26.21%, from US$ 15.6 billion to US$ 19.3 billion. The Brazilian market, in turn, has grown in importance to the USA, having become the 8th top destination for US exports.