H.E Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States, was in Charlotte on Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. His Excellency spoke to a full crowd at the Charlotte City Club where he discussed the important and growing relationship between Brazil and the United States, and the increasing connections and key relationship between North Carolina and Brazil. The event was not only at a convenient and beautiful location but food was exquisite. Seeing city and state leaders getting engage in global affairs and specifically interested in the valuable relationship between North Carolina and Brazil was inspiring. It was also encouraging to see tables of students from different schools of the Charlotte area participating.
Ambassador Vieira’s discussion mainly focused on foreign policy, trade and investments, national security, and cultural and educational exchanges. Education has become an important means by which Brazil is reaching out to foreign countries. Science Without Borders is a program implemented by President Dilma Rouseff that grants over 100,000 scholarships for students to study abroad; 79 students are actually here in North Carolina. Education outreach is also a vital part of WACC’s global awareness efforts. WACC’s education initiatives serve as resources to the Charlotte’s local school community, providing international education programming and scholarships.
North Carolina is also a large trading partner with Brazil. His Excellency jokingly commented that if North Carolina were a country, it could probably be part of the G20 because of its powerful connection to many of the world’s growing economies. Brazil’s economy has actually tripled in the last 20 years giving it the tenth largest GDP in the world. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, as the major US Airways hub, now offers non-stop flights to Rio de Janeiro. Tourism also accounts for the $11 billion-dollar increase in the Brazilian economy last year.
The Ambassadors Circle Series brings current and former ambassadors and high-ranking government officials who visit Charlotte to talk about the relationship of the U.S. with countries around the world and benefits of those strategic diplomatic partnerships.
Written by Brianna Woods – International PR Major (WACC Intern – Fall 2013)