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Doing Business in Brazil: Political and economic landscape

Brazil sets a new chapter in its public health policy

During a seminar hosted by the Brazilian Association of the Pharmaceutical Research Industry (INTERFARMA) last week in Brasilia, the Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, said the country should never compulsory license drug patents, since this practice harms both the inventiveness and the investments made in R&D by private companies. This sets a new tone on the government’s position towards intellectual property for pharmaceutical products.

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Mercosul and European Union close free trade deal

This Friday, June 28th, Mercosul and the European Union finalized the negotiations between the two regional blocs.

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Brazil’s involvement in international organizations strengthened after votes by Senate

The Senate Plenary approved on May 30th the international agreement on Brazil’s greater involvement in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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BRPTO takes on the pro tempore presidency of IP BRICS

During the 11th BRICS Heads of Intellectual Property Offices (HIPO) meeting held in Cape Town – South Africa on April 14-16, the pro tempore presidency of the IP BRICS was transferred to the BRPTO, which will be responsible for the coordination of the block’s activities for a year.

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INPIがIP BRICSの議長国に就任

4月14日~16日にかけて南アフリカのケープタウンで開かれた「第11回BRICS 知的財産権長官会合」で、ブラジル特許庁(INPI)が「IP BRICS」の臨時議長国を務めることが決定した。INPIは今後一年にわたり、BRICS加盟国の活動の調整に責任を負う。

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ブラジル・イスラエルの二国間関係の復活

ボルソナーロ氏の大統領就任式にイスラエルのベンヤミン・ネタニヤフ首相が出席したことは、両国の関係緊密化を象徴するものである。就任式には世界46ヶ国の代表者が出席したが、ネタニヤフ氏の出席には特に大きな意味があったといえるだろう。

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Brazil and Israel, the revival of the bilateral relationship

The first visit of a Prime Minister from Israel to Brazil for Bolsonaro’s inauguration ceremony symbolized closer ties between the two countries. Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence is even more noteworthy as only 46 foreign delegations attended the event

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Jair Bolsonaro in Washington: Visit key points

Jair Bolsonaro, who travelled last week to the United States (US) on his first bilateral visit, demonstrated he is prioritizing the construction of a solid partnership with Donald Trump’s administration. [Link] Trump declared that “the US and Brazil have never been this close”, and rewarded Brazil through concessions for its approximation to the US. [Link]

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Minister of Foreign Affairs travels to the US to prepare Bolsonaro’s visit next month

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo, traveled this week to the United States (US) to prepare for Jair Bolsonaro’s official visit next month.

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Bolsonaro and the future of Mercosul

During the visit of Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, to Brazil mid-January 2019, Jair Bolsonaro stated his government would work towards a more efficient and depoliticized Mercosul, taking distance from earlier statements that the bloc would not be a priority.

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