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English translation of press release posted by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT)
On July 21, 2006, the first meeting of the U.S.-Brazil Ministerial Level Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation was held in Washington, DC. The U.S. delegation was comprised of 48 members, under the leadership of the White House Science and Technology Director, John Marburger. The Brazilian delegation, with 27 members, was led by the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Luiz Manuel Rebelo Fernandes.
Participants in the meeting represented ministries and institutions of science and technology of both countries. The event was held under the U.S. and Brazil 1984 Agreement about Cooperation in Science and Technology (amended and expanded in 1994), and according to guidelines from Presidents Lula and Bush as published in a joint communication during their meeting in Brasilia, in November 2005.
At that meeting, the Presidents “committed to intensify dialogues and the existing cooperation in science and technology, education and environment, and to promote trade and investment”. The decision of “reinforcing mid and long term activities in areas such as earth, air and space science, biodiversity and agriculture” represented the impelling forces for this first meeting of the Joint Commission.
From April 24 to 26, 2006 a preparatory symposium was held in Rio de Janeiro, during which questions about biomedical research, public health, earth observation, technological standards and measurements, earth sciences, information technology and communications, education and exchange were brought into discussion, among other issues.
The U.S.-Brazil Ministerial Level Joint Commission reviewed the current cooperation in science and technology between the two countries and pointed out the significant advances that the cooperation produced to the development of scientific research, the establishment of work contacts among researchers, and to the tangible/visible benefits to society. These benefits, the Commission observed, are not limited to Brazil and the United States, but are extensive to other countries as well.
The cooperation between Brazil and the United States allowed for a better understanding of earth climate, improvement of meteorological forecast, helped the coordination of infectious diseases, standardized meteorological patterns and contributed to hard science research in a large variety of fields. Brazil and the United States agreed on searching new forms to develop existing programs, to promote seminars about various themes, and to discuss new avenues for the cooperation. Potential fields include information technology and communications, biotechnology, agriculture, energy, public health and Earth observation. Both parties agreed on promoting new technical meetings to explore these themes.
Both countries agreed that the organization of this first meeting of the U.S.-Brazil Ministerial Level Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation opens new and promising chapters for dialogue and cooperation between the countries.