AS/COA hosted panelists from academia, government, and the private sector to discuss political and economic perspectives on Brazil in the coming year, including industrial and trade policy, innovation, and recently passed legislation. Among other issues surrounding Brazil's perspectives for 2013, and that came up in the event celebrated November 27 are, tax reform, improvements in education and infrastructure, more investment in research and development, and modernizing Brazilian industry as some of the key challenges for the country.
After an initial presentation by the keynote speaker Marco Maia, president of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, the conversation was conducted around three main subjects: spending on social programs, which hasn't been removed even after the 2008 recession; development in the northeast, since economic growth not only contributed to an expanded middle class but also to increased development in traditionally poorer regions in Brazil; and increasing competitiveness, a major challange for the private sector.
- Marco Maia, President, Brazilian Chamber of Deputies
- Marcelo Lyra, Vice President, Braskem
- Antônio Carlos Magalhães Neto, Mayor-elect, Salvador, Bahia
- Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
- Alessandro Teixeira, Executive-Secretary, Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry, and Trade (MDIC)
- Marcos Troyjo, Director of the BRICLab, Columbia University