Joint Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister Baird and Brazilian Minister of External Relations Patriota

August 8, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Brazil’s Minister of External Relations, today issued the following joint statement:

“We met today for the second meeting of the Brazil-Canada Strategic Partnership Dialogue, in Rio de Janeiro. We continued the work of this important mechanism created by President Dilma Rousseff and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in August 2011. The first meeting was held in October 2012, in Ottawa. This second meeting of the Brazil-Canada Strategic Partnership Dialogue provided us with a renewed opportunity to exchange points of view on our bilateral cooperation agenda from a political perspective, as well as on regional, international, multilateral and global affairs.

“We discussed issues pertaining to the Americas. We sought to establish a dialogue with the aim of identifying projects to support the development of African countries and look forward to leveraging our Memorandum of Understanding on International Development Cooperation Effectiveness to this end. We also talked about peace and security in the Middle East, including the resumption of the peace process. Moreover, we discussed issues related to the World Trade Organization, the G-20 and reform of the United Nations and the Security Council. We also discussed the importance of the candidacy of the city of São Paulo for hosting the 2020 World Expo.

“We reviewed with enthusiasm the state of the relationship between Brazil and Canada, as demonstrated by the progress made since the inaugural Strategic Partnership Dialogue. We noted with satisfaction that, since October 2012, we have held the second meeting of the Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation; convened the first Canada-Brazil humanitarian consultations; commenced a space cooperation dialogue; initiated work toward the inaugural meeting of the Canada-Brazil CEO Forum; made progress in our negotiations on a defence cooperation agreement; and recently integrated a Canadian platoon into the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s Brazilian Battalion.

“We are very pleased with the increased cooperation in the sector of education, particularly under Brazil’s Science Without Borders program, which has resulted in the placement of more than 4,000 Brazilian students in Canadian universities and colleges to date. This number is expected to reach nearly 7,000 in January 2014, making Canada Brazil’s second-largest international partner under the program. We welcomed the collaboration achieved in sessions of the Joint Economic and Trade Council, the Consultative Committee on Agriculture and the Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation (including the signing of additional memorandums of understanding on nanotechnology, applied research and innovation).

“We also noted the successful visit of Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp, to Canada in June. We agreed that our strategic partnership will be further enriched by the launch of the Brazil-Canada Energy Dialogue in the coming months, as well as by ongoing exchanges on security and other aspects of hosting major sporting events under the Memorandum of Understanding on Olympic Games Cooperation. We took note that the Pan American Games and Parapan American Games, hosted by Rio de Janeiro in 2007, will be hosted by Toronto in 2015.

“We noted that an important development is the launching of a bilateral dialogue on mobility issues, which will provide for exchange of views and cooperation on mobility and travel facilitation measures between our countries, migration matters and best practices. This is crucial for Canada and Brazil, with both countries looking to maximize the benefits of legal movement of people between the two countries as commercial, education, tourism, research and other linkages continue to expand. We agreed that the first meeting of the bilateral dialogue on mobility issues will take place as soon as possible.

“We also agreed to explore technical cooperation between our foreign ministries in the area of foreign language training for officials.

“We look forward to continuing this important dialogue and increasing our collaboration in the future.”

Baird is on a 13-day trip to Latin America to advance Canada’s engagement in the Americas, a foreign policy priority with a vision of a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere.

To learn more about Canada’s relationship with Brazil, visit Canada-Brazil Relations.

To learn more about Canada’s engagement in the Americas, visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority.

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