The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (Itamaraty) structure must change to facilitate the bilateral relations that will guide the foreign policy of Jair Bolsonaro‘s government. The statement was made by the future chancellor, Ernesto Araujo, at a meeting of the Brazil-United States Business Council, according to participants’ reports.
He also said that “the sky is the limit“ in the future of the relationship between the two countries and that it would be “fundamental“ to obtain support from the Americans for Brazil’s entry into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The US government was represented by Landon Looms, special adviser to the vice president’s office.
The meeting was marked by the optimism of the business of the two countries, which hope to see barriers removed to business. The overall assessment is that bilateral trade, on the order of $ 5 billion a year, is not up to the potential of the partnership and can be greatly expanded. According to the chancellor, the moment presents itself as an opportunity to bring the relationship between the two countries to unthinkable levels.
Araujo commented that Brazil’s relationship with the United States had a “ceiling“, so it has only been possible to achieve 10 percent of the desired.
The Brazilian negotiating machine, said the chancellor, is late. According to him, Itamaraty divides the themes into thematic areas disconnected from each other, which hampers the development of bilateral relations – where, in his view, is the dynamism of the world today. Araujo promised changes. In bilateral relations, he said, the focus will be on the private sector.