A new summary series, providing concise and timely event briefs of important public policy issues relevant to contemporary debates in Brazil. The briefs showcase commentary and research from leading policymakers, Brazilian and Brazilianist scholars, pivotal government officials and prominent business figures.<br> <br>
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Leadership Discussion Series: A Conversation with the Governor of the State of Mato Grosso, Blairo Maggi
In an effort to provide Brazilian leaders with greater exposure to the Washington policy community and advance understanding of Brazilian issues in the United States, the Brazil Institute held the fourth interactive forum of its ongoing leadership discussion series with Governor Blairo Borges Maggi, of the state of Mato Grosso, which has part of its territory in the Amazon biome. The intent of Maggi's visit to the United States was to highlight his administration's efforts to balance and produce positive results for both forest conservation and economic development.
On April 30, 2008, Standard & Poor's became the first ratings agency to raise Brazil's foreign debt to investment-grade status. These unprecedented decisions, coupled with the discovery of massive new oil and gas reserves, boosts Brazil's prospects for continued, long-term economic and political stability. To explore the implications of Brazil's investment grade status the Brazil Institute hosted a congressional luncheon in partnership with the Wilson Center's On the Hill program.