US Commerce Secretary Decries Hostile Business Environment in Brazil

US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez According to U.S. Commerce Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, a general agreement on global trade liberalization in the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Doha round of talks is "closer than most people think."

Speaking to Brazilian business leaders in São Paulo, in Brazil's Southeast, Gutierrez urged Brazil's government to lobby other developing countries to find solutions to the issues stalling the talks, which began in 2001.

"If Brazil uses its influence, then a Doha agreement would be that much closer … Developing countries look up to Brazil. Brazil is a leader," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez said the future Doha round trade talks should focus on existing texts that have been developed by negotiators in Geneva.

"What I would like to see is an agreement based on these texts … I am hopeful," he said.

He said the texts deal with agriculture, services and trade in manufacturing goods.

Gutierrez guaranteed the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is "strongly committed" to successful conclusion of the Doha Round. "These negotiations are at a critical juncture," he said. "Doha is the biggest opportunity we have right now in the world. It could take 500 million people out of poverty."

He said the Bush administration is convinced the U.S. Congress would view a Doha agreement favorably and pass the legislation necessary to implement it.

"We believe that because of the potential benefits of it, it would be difficult to walk away from a Doha agreement."

Gutierrez is supposed to meet with Brazilian officials, including President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia.

This Thursday, October 11, he will inaugurate a committee of top business executives from both Brazil and the U.S. The executives will develop an agenda of recommendations for the governments of Brazil and the U.S. designed to promote trade and investment.

"The important thing about the (Brazil-U.S.) CEOs Forum is that it is led by the private sector," Gutierrez said. "They will be telling governments what they think is necessary to develop the path toward greater trade, investment and job-creation."

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian business environment, he said: "The complexities of Brazil's business environment are often a barrier to doing business. These include high tariffs, the tax burden and a judicial system that is slow to enforce business law."



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  • Ric

    Actually Nancy Pelosi is a refugee from Maryland. Prune pickers rejoice.

  • Me

    I’m ashamed…
    I’m ashamed to have to admit that Nancy Pelosi (she of the plastic smile) is a representation of my state. Surely there was a better choice available!

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Maybe Nancy Pelosi, anything but Chillary!

    My preference is Dr.Condi Rice 🙁

  • João da Silva

    [quote]So, you are a Brazilian then, Bingo! [/quote]

    Willie (a.k.a. Ch.C) is really a Brasilian, living in Geneva. An interesting character and I hate to admit it 🙁

    Ch.c, How many times have I told you not to use uppercase letters? Behave yourself.


    corrupt midgets
    I guess you could say ,,,americans are well informed that doing business in brazil should be conducted with extreme caution ,,,, much like the warning from the u.s. state department to americans travelling there to use extreme caution …. another words it is a lawless 3rd world dump infested with ,, crime, corruption, , liars, and cheats………

  • your daddy

    Hey Ric Ricardo !!!!!
    and you think and talk just like George Bush … you knowÀ¢€¦ that À¢€œCÀ¢€Â average student??? 🙂 😀 😉

  • swiss pride

    The world according to the Economist Czar the Swiss wonder Mr. Ch.c
    The bad news for you Ch.c is that the Falkland Islands export almost 100% more than Switzerland on the À¢€œper capitaÀ¢€Â basis!!!!! Laugh laugh laugh

    World ranking in Export per capita:

    Rank Country Export Per capita

    #6 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas):—————————$40,257.65 per capita
    #7 Virgin Islands:————————————————$39,041.75 per capita
    #15 Bermuda:—————————————————-$22,202.74 per capita
    #16 Switzerland: (the power house)————————-$22,012.90 per capita

    The good news to you Ch.c is that Switzerland is way ahead of the countries below. Laugh laugh laugh

    #25 Germany:————————————————————-$13,749.83 per capita
    #26 Faroe Islands:——————————————————–$12,586.56 per capita
    #30 Trinidad and Tobago:———————————————-$11,830.31 per capita
    #36 Turks and Caicos Islands:——————————————–$7,780.74 per capita
    #40 United Kingdom:—————————————————–$7,713.54 per capita
    #56 Japan:—————————————————————–$4,632.22 per capita
    #62 United States:——————————————————–$3,400.41 per capita
    #64 Angola:————————————————————–$2,897.19 per capita

    According to Ch.c, United Kingdom, Japan and The United States better watch out because Angola is catching up!!! Laugh laugh laughÀ¢€¦USA don’t forget what happened when Faroe Island, Trinidad Tobago and Turks and Caicos Island economies blew your sucks off in world À¢€œexportsÀ¢€Â !!! Laugh laugh laugh.

    Viva per capita games!!! Thank you, Ch.c for clarifying the solid and sensible data in which you and your country depend on so much. Laugh laugh laugh.

  • Shelly

    Ric, now you have offended me 😉 Hillary? Maybe Nancy Pelosi, anything but Chillary!

  • Ric

    I hate to say this, Shelly, but your laugh sounds like Hillary……

  • Shelly

    What is job???

    What is your job???

  • Shelly

    And if we buy some from you, it is mostly because Brazil always complains…

    I have failed to see the logic on this sentence! I thought the Swiss were more refined and less inclined to peer pressure. What is job??? You cannot be trusted with a $1! LAUGH,LAUGH,LAUGH…

  • Ric

    What impeccable logic, Shelly. Once again you nailed it. Pit!

  • Shelly

    You borrowed hundreds of millions US$ mostly for your infrastructure development but still have ONLY 10 % of paved roads.
    and in these 10 %, 50 % have millions of potholes and have no maintenance.

    So, you are a Brazilian then, Bingo!

  • ch.c.

    To AES and your “The total value of these exports is significant ”
    Ohhhhh yesssssssssssss….so significant that it represents US$ 1000.- per capita….annually !!!!!!

    Not so impressive….in my view !
    On top of that……it is mostly BASIC COMMODITIES….WITH VERY LITTLE ADDED VALUE, EXCEPT CARS/TRUCKS….built by foreign manufacturers and with their own money invested.

    For comparisons purposes, the exports of my country is as large as the Brazil exports, despite our population is 7,5 millions, Brazil 190 millions !
    Ohhhhh and we dont even have sea access, and have nothing of value in our grounds. We also import 100 % of our oil and gas.
    and 60 % of our land is mountainous.
    Just think about it………even if you multiply your exports by 5 over the nest 2 or 3 decades, you will still export 20 % of what we export today….on a per capita basis.

    And using another comparison, more fair, Thailand and some other developing countries, export FAR MORE THAN BRAZIL……on a per capita basis.

    Sorry for you….if you are so bad….in simple maths and lack of common sense !

    If someone is wealthy&developed or whatever…it is compared to others by definition !
    Brazil had millions of millionaires decades ago, at times of your high inflations, needing to cut 4 times 3 zeroes to your then currency. But it did not make you more wealthy when compared to others.
    Therefore I keep laughing and laughing that these days Brazil has already non officlally dollarized their currency.
    Sadly….it is the only way to show rosy growths. You receive more, as I said, somethiong that is worth less…the US$ !
    And if you would publish your productions/stats or whatever in your local currency……the results would be much much much

    And for the skill of extracting your iron ore from the ground….Brazil should say thank you to Caterpillar and Komatsu other wise you would still dig the ground manually. And for the transportation of this ore you should say thank you to GE locomotives, otherwise you would still transport them manually.
    And thank you too to Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer for their grains seeds. Thank you again for the pesticides and fongicides of Syngenta, Bayer and the likes !

    As to chickens and eggs, everyone can produce them ! sorry idiot….we even produced them centuries before brazilians started !
    And if we buy some from you, it is mostly because Brazil always complains. Quite curious as I have written so many times, that Brazil prefer to export agricultural products worth US$ 50 billion annually…..instead of feeding its own society first !!!!

    And you should say thank you to the hundreds of billion US$ that have been invested in R&D by others over the years, because Brazil did not, dont and will not invest one cent ! Others have to…..not Brazil ! But then you complain how unfair we are.

    Lets face it, Brazilians are simply unable to do things by themselves.

    You borrowed hundreds of millions US$ mostly for your infrastructure development but still have ONLY 10 % of paved roads.
    and in these 10 %, 50 % have millions of potholes and have no maintenance.

    Stupid question : what have you done for your development with all that money loaned to you ???????
    You bought a lot of houses and condos in Miami……we all know.


  • aes

    Come on Ch.c what about beef and poultry and pig and lamb; what about iron ore and oil and the rest of mineral exports, both precious and industrial. The total value of these exports is significant and though you would denegrate them as non value added irrelevancies they represent billions and billions of dollars as Carl would say. And as to value added, the skill in extricating them from the ground or the skill in bringing them to market constitute a form of added value. Of what value is iron ore in the ground? Of what value is a chicken in the egg. What is involved, what skill is involved in getting these to market? Animal husbandry is an art. Mining is an art.

  • ch.c.

    But Brazil adamantly insists…….
    that the WTO doesnt exist.
    That why they wish to change its name to WTOA….World Trade Organization for Agriculture.

    And if AES believes that Brazil is complex, this we all know how you like to cheat everyone..
    But cant other countries expect reciprocities when negotiating with Brazil…or should it be a OWT….One Way Trade ?

    Lets face it, outside of agriculture, you are not competitive.
    Neither against other developing countries, nor against developed countries.
    You are already restricting China textile, when it accounts for less than 1 % of your textile industry.

    Should developed and developing nations treat you the same way….for your agriculture exports ?
    I truly believe we/they should.

  • bo

    [quote]”The complexities of Brazil’s business environment are often a barrier to doing business. These include high tariffs, the tax burden and a judicial system that is slow to enforce business law.”[/quote]

    LOL…. I didn’t even see you quoted the exact same quote that I did until I was ready to post AES!! And once again we don’t only have sensationalism in the titles of these articles, but now downright lies. That statement is not decrying whatsoever. It is a solid fact. When one states a fact that another may not like that doesn’t mean he’s being predjudicial.

  • aes

    “The complexities of Brazil’s business environment are often a barrier to doing business. These include high tariffs, the tax burden and a judicial system that is slow to enforce business law.”

    This is not exactly decrying.

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