One week after being appointed CEO of Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Promotion of Exports and Investments Agency), the public manager Alecxandro Pinho Carreiro – better known as Alex Carreiro – resigned.
The information was spread on Wednesday night (9) by the Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo, through Twitter. Araujo did not clarify the reason for the departure of Carreiro, who is affiliated to PSL, the party of President Jair Bolsonaro.
The minister said he took Bolsonaro the name of diplomat Mario Vilalva, “with extensive experience in promoting exports“ for the Apex command, which is linked to Itamaraty. Mr. Alex Carreiro has asked me to close his duties as President of APEX.
According to the curriculum available on the agency’s website, Carreiro holds a degree in media and worked at the National Secretariat of Ports. He also “worked in the strategic consulting segment, both within the Legislative and the Executive, being responsible for developing, analyzing and monitoring strategies for the national productive sector.“
Vilalva has been an ambassador in countries such as Germany (2016-2018), Portugal (2010-2016) and Chile (2006-2010), and has been with the Itamaraty since 1976, according to information available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The diplomat also headed the Department of Trade Promotion of the ministry, in charge of promoting Brazilian exports and foreign investments in Brazil, between 2000 and 2006.
“Both abroad and in Brazil, Mario Vilalva specialized in the so-called ‘economic diplomacy’. He spread Brazil and its commercial opportunities in all geographic areas of the world, with particular emphasis on Latin America and Europe“, says the biography of Vilalva on the Itamaraty website.
According to a description published on the Apex website, the agency “works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investments to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy.“
Also in December, during the government transition, Piauí magazine reported that Apex was the subject of a dispute between Chancellor Araujo and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes. The budget forecast for the agency this year is $ 795.6 million.
The agency was integrated into the Itamaraty during the government of Michel Temer. In the PT governments, it was linked to the now defunct Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.