Brazilian Ambassador to the United States wraps up visit to New Mexico
February 28, 2014
Albuquerque, NM— Today Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, Mauro Vieira concluded a two day visit in New Mexico. Ambassador Vieira and his First Secretary, Eduardo Frighetto, came to the Land of Enchantment to discuss opportunities for collaboration between New Mexico and Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance Mission to Brazil set to take place next month.
“We have identified Brazil as a strategic market to promote trade with New Mexico,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “In the last five years, New Mexico exports to Brazil have increased fivefold from $8 million in 2009, to over $40 million in 2013 and we believe there is great potential for continued growth.”
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance intends on pursuing synergies that exist between New Mexico and Brazil in the areas of aviation, aerospace, and renewable energy. Additionally, the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department requested a budget increase for the 2014 Legislative Session to support a representative foreign trade office in São Paulo, Brazil as one of the department’s priority international trade initiatives.
Ambassador Vieira discussed these initiatives during meetings with New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie Talbert, UNM President Robert Frank, Santa Fe Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger, Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives, City of Albuquerque Economic Development Aviation Department officials as well as with representatives of the New Mexico Aviation Association, New Mexico Professional Aerospace Contractors Association, and Eclipse Aerospace.
“It has been an honor to receive Ambassador Vieira and First Secretary Frighetto,” added Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie Talbert. “They are very supportive of the upcoming trade mission and I look forward to their partnership when we begin to implement the agreements we will be pursuing in Brazil.”
Ambassador Vieira stayed one evening at the Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque and one evening at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. While his visit was primarily focused on developing business opportunities between New Mexico and Brazil, the trip was concluded with a special tour of the “Brasil & Arte Popular” exhibition currently on display at the New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe until January 4, 2015.
“I have greatly enjoyed my stay in New Mexico,” said Ambassador Vieira. “This visit has only confirmed to me the great potential for business between Brazil and New Mexico. During my meetings with Governor Susana Martinez and other New Mexico leaders, I had the opportunity to discuss concrete projects in the areas of education, science and technology, energy and culture. I am sure these initiatives will only strengthen the Brazil-New Mexico relationship to the mutual benefit of both of our governments and societies. I look forward to personally supporting these initiatives, including the upcoming Trade Alliance mission to Brazil.”
To learn more about the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance visit www.abctradealliance.com