On March 7-10, 2010, the Governments of the United States and Brazil will hold the fifth U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. The Forum, co-chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and his Brazilian counterpart, consists of both private and public-sector members bringing together leaders of the respective business communities to discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly ways to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the two countries. During this meeting, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will announce the intention to create an Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) between our two governments.

Forum: In October 2007, the inaugural U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum was held in Brasilia, the first in a series of annual meetings held since then. It is a unique forum — India is the only other country the United States has a CEO Forum with — reflecting the important Brazil relationship and the potential for a significantly strengthened ties.

The goal of these annual meetings is to identify ways for Brazilian and U.S. governments to partner with the private sector to make progress towards strengthening our bilateral economic and commercial relations, promote bilateral trade and investment, increase our competitiveness in global markets, and advance economic prosperity for the people of both our nations.

ACP: The U.S. - Brazil ACP, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Government and U.S. aviation companies and the Brazilian Government and Brazilian aviation companies, has been proposed to provide a forum for unified communication between the Governments of Brazil and the United States with their respective public and private sector entities in Brazil. The ACP would be designed to work directly with the Brazilian Government to identify and support Brazil���s civil aviation sector priorities.

As a public-private partnership initiative, an ACP would enable U.S. Government agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) among others, to coordinate activities with the Government of Brazil to transfer aeronautical products, services, and technologies. The same would apply to Brazilian Government agencies such as the National Agency for Civil Aviation (ANAC), the Airports Oversight Authority (known by its Portuguese acronym, INFRAERO), and the Air Traffic Control Command (DECEA). The main goal of an ACP would be to provide a framework for all bilateral activities in order to avoid duplication of efforts, pool human and financial resources, and share expertise.

March 7-10, 2010

Brasilia, Brazil