Past Event

Brazil: Trade Policy and Global Challenges

November 21, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Columbia University | New York

Government intervention in foreign trade has a long history in Brazil, reaching back to the colonial period when Portugal forbade Brazilian trade with other nations. Following independence in 1822, Brazil opened its ports and expanded its trade with other nations, particularly Britain. Extensive government regulation of trade continued, however, with tariffs providing over half of the government's revenue before World War I. Other forms of intervention in trade included the 1906 coffee price support plan, which was a sophisticated attempt to exploit Brazil's monopolistic position in the world coffee market.

In this presentation, Abrão M. Árabe Neto, Executive Vice President for Amcham Brasil, will discuss the latest trends of the Brazilian trade policy and some of the global challenges faced by the country. 


Abrão M. Árabe Neto is the Executive Vice President for Amcham Brasil, which represents more than 5,000 Brazilian and US companies. He was Secretary of Foreign Trade of Brazil between 2016 and 2018. He also held the positions of Deputy Secretary of Foreign Trade (early 2015 to mid-2016), Director of Trade Negotiations (2016) and Chief of Staff (2015) of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade of Brazil (Secex). He was previously coordinator at the Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP) and an international trade lawyer. In 2008, he joined the Brazilian Mission in Geneva before the World Trade Organization in a training program for lawyers. Neto holds a PhD in international trade law from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a master’s degree in international economics law from PUC-SP. He was a PhD visiting researcher at Georgetown University in Washington DC.