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ACWA invites diplomats from embassies of countries that are important partners with the U.S., both in trade and politics, and long-term in addressing important global challenges. ACWA originated this program in 2005. View archives of previous participants.

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Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo

Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo

Mr. Araújo worked in the Divison for Mercosur Affairs at the Ministry of External Relations from 1991 to 1995. He served in the Brazilian Mission to the European Union (Brussels), responsible for the Mercosur-EU negotiations, and in the Brazilian Embassy to Germany (Bonn and Berlin), holding the economic portfolio.

In Brasília, Mr. Araújo was Head of the Division for Services, Investment and Financial Policy (2003-2005) and the Division for Extra-Regional Negotiations of Mercosur (2005-2007) at the Ministry of External Relations.

From 2007 to July 2010, he was DCM at the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa. Since then he has served as Minister-Counselor at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, answering for the portfolios of Economic and Trade Affairs, Science and Technology, Innovation, Energy and the Environment.

Mr. Araújo has published two books on Mercosur and Brazilian trade policy, and three novels. He was born in 1967, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and studied Literature and Linguistics at the University of Brasília, and Diplomacy at the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy – Instituto Rio Branco.

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Brazil Today – A Global Model of Democracy and Development

Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Brazil, Washington, D.C.


Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo will bring perspective to Brazil's historic juncture: strong economic growth and political stability.

Mr. Araújo will focus on four key points and will be open to answering questions at the end of his presentation.

  • Dilma Rousseff is Brazil's new president, the first female to be elected to this office, winning with 56% of the runoff vote. She has major tasks ahead of her to continue and expand on the legacy of immediate past-president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
  • Over the past two decades, Brazil has achieved impressive social development, reduced poverty by the tens of millions and built an economy that is growing strongly, including passing through the global financial crisis. Major goals, however, must continue to be addressed, including continuing to address and eradicate extreme poverty.
  • In March, President Obama visited Brazil and delivered a series of talks to government officials, business executives and the general public. These emphasized the broad-spectrum shift in U.S. and Brazil relations, with focus on challenges that must be met in cooperation.
  • Brazil has emerged as a global player, bringing its extensive knowledge in all fields to participation in global issues resolution and counseling emerging economies.

We invite you to attend this important event on Brazil's historic global juncture and the country's strengthening relationship with the U.S., on security, economics and interreliance. Join us to extend your welcome and your questions and comments to Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo.

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6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Dinner and Program with Q&A Session

6:00 p.m. Registration
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

Individual Registrations
Members - $35
Non-Members - $45

Formal Program Only

7:15 p.m. Registration
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Members - $12
Non-Members - $15

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Registrations are due no later than Friday, April 22, 2011.

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ACWA - P.O.Box 5300 - Akron, OH 44334


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