San Francisco, May 26thThe Consul General of Brazil in San Francisco, Mauricio Cortes, arrives in Seattle and Olympia next June 1st to visit the Governor Christine Gregoire and the Lieutenant-Governor Brad Owen.

Cortes will be delivering a speech to MBA students from Foster School of Business, at the University of Washington, where he will also meet Jonathan Warren, Chair of Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of International Studies at the UW. Professor Warren is in charge of the Center for Brazilian Studies at Jackson International School.

On June 1st, the Consul General will gather with the business community, an initiative of the Trade Development of Greater Seattle, and will attend a special dinner with the Brazilian community at the Kitanda restaurant in Redmond.

Mr. Cortes has jurisdiction over Northern California and the States of Oregon, Washington and Alaska. In the context of growing interest for trade development between Brazil and Northwestern economies in the US, he will also visit companies such as Costco, Boeing and Starbucks. 

The purpose of this visit is to strengthen trade, political and cultural bonds particularly with the Washington State, following two major business missions held in 2006 and 2007: the Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo (FIESP), largest business association in Brazil, visited Seattle, reciprocating a mission of the Washington Council of International Trade to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba.

In Seattle, Mr. Cortes will announce the opening of the Trade Promotion Sector (SECOM) at the Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco, as part of the steps being taken to improve business relations between Brazil and the West Coast.  The head of the new SECOM, Deputy Consul General Evaldo Freire, will accompany Mr. Cortes on this trip.

About The Center for Brazilian Studies at University of Washington

The Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Washington is dedicated to advance understanding of Brazil within the University and serve as a resource center for the broader community, strengthening the Brazilian community in Pacific Northwest, buttressing ties between local and Brazilian companies and making the region of United States more visible to Brazil. We aim to bring together all organizations and individuals interested in Brazil, and have the junction of these interests embodied in the Center.

About Brazil

Brazil is the world’s tenth largest economy at market exchange rates and the ninth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms have given the country new international projection. It is undoubted that Brazil has suffered the effects of the world crisis but it is equally true there is consensus that it will be one of the least affected countries. The conclusions of the research have been summarized under the cover story of a recent issue of “Veja” , named “Ten Reasons for Optimism”.