Forum preceding BRICS summit discusses Brazil-China relations

Organized by FGV in partnership with University of Beijing and BRASA Asia, the Brazil+China Challenge Forum will be held prior to the BRICS summit.
24 August 2017
Forum preceding BRICS summit discusses Brazil-China relations

The construction of a new development agenda for Brazil from the exchange of experiences with China is the main agenda of the Brazil+China Challenge Forum. Organized by FGV in partnership with University of Beijing and BRASA Asia, the event will be held from September 1 - 2 in the Chinese capital, during an official visit of the Brazilian government to the Asian country, prior to the BRICS summit. The meeting of the leaders of the block’s five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) will take place from September 3 - 5, also on Chinese soil. 

Six pillars will lead Forum discussions: Education, Development Ventures, Heading West, Structural Investments, Smart Cities, and Post-Western World. The forum will bring together innovative projects, executives, companies, public officials, representatives of the third sector, and experts with the purpose of identifying successful initiatives in key sectors for the development of both countries. 

Brazil will be represented by Senators Cristovam Buarque and Kátia Abreu, the Vice Governor of Maranhão, Carlos Barrios, the Special Secretary of Strategic Affairs, Hussein Ali Kalout, the Mayor of Fortaleza, Roberto Claudio, the Chairman of the Board of AES/Eletropaulo, Britaldo Soares, the President of the Brazil-China Business Council (CEBC), Ambassador Luiz Augusto Castro Neves, and the Special Advisor to the Presidency of FGV, Sergio Werlang, among others. 

The Chinese side will be represented in the Forum by the former Chinese Ambassador in Brazil, Chen Duqing, the President of CTG Brazil, Li Yinsheng, the Executive Vice President of the China Investment Corporation, Qi Bin, the Executive Vice President of iSoftStone, Walter Fang, the CEO of the CIRI Beijing fund, Wise Li, the Executive Director of the Chongyang Institute, Wang Wen, and Wang Hui, considered one of the 100 most influential intellectuals in the world. 

The organization’s commitment to following the agenda proposed by the forum includes building upon the discussions in Beijing upon returning to Brazil, so that the resulting promising projects and ideas are rearranged and tested on a smaller scale by FGV’s Public Policies Lab (LABFGV) – an initiative of Fundação Getulio Vargas’ students – and partner institutions. This marks the beginning of the so-called Brazil-China-Brazil cycle, which builds solid bridges and practices between Brazil and China. 

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