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A mutually beneficial relationship

Brazil is an active Key Partner of the OECD, whose co-operation with the OECD dates back to 1994. The OECD Council at Ministerial level adopted a resolution on 16 May 2007 to strengthen the co-operation with Brazil, as well as with China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, through a programme of enhanced engagement, defining these countries as “Key Partners” of the OECD.  As a Key Partner, Brazil has access to Partnerships in OECD Bodies, adherence to OECD instruments, integration into OECD statistical reporting and information systems, sector-specific peer reviews, and has been invited to all OECD meetings at Ministerial level since 1999. Brazil contributes to the work of OECD Committees and participates on an equal footing with OECD Members in a number of significant bodies and projects.

Launched in November 2015, the OECD-Brazil Programme of Work aims to support Brazil in advancing its reform agenda and informing its public policies. The Programme will also enrich global policy dialogues, by bringing additional Brazilian perspectives and policy experiences to OECD bodies and activities. The joint Programme includes a number of projects and reviews in five central areas of common interest: 1) economic, industrial, trade and financial issues; 2) public governance and the fight against corruption; 3) science, technology, environment, agriculture and energy; 4) labour, pension and social issues; and 5) development co-operation. 


Signing of cooperation agreement between the OECD and Brazil 3 June 2015: Signing of co-operation agreement between the OECD and Brazil (from left to right: Former Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira; Secretary General of the OECD, Angel Gurria; and Former Minister of Finance of Brazil, Joaquim Levy)



To co-ordinate the relationship, the OECD’s Global Relations Secretariat develops and oversees the strategic orientation of this relationship and ensures that the dialogue remains focused, forward-looking and mutually beneficial.

Usually, meetings are held between Brazilian officials and experts from OECD countries and the OECD Secretariat on topics mutually agreed on and jointly prepared with analytical studies.

This results in a mutually beneficial relationship. Brazil values the opportunity to discuss major policy issues and challenges in a multilateral context and to learn from the experiences of OECD countries facing similar challenges in many areas.

The relationship also benefits OECD members and non-OECD economies by enabling them to acquire a better understanding of Brazil as it has become a major actor in the globalised economy.



Brazil's participation in OECD Bodies

Brazil participates in the substantive work of many of the OECD’s specialised Committees, where senior officials from member and partner countries meet to advance ideas and review progress in specific policy areas. Brazil has also engaged in a productive dialogue with the OECD in the framework of the G20, which has resulted in initiatives such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. Brazil is an active contributor to the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative, which is an organisation-wide reflection process on the causes of the 2008 financial crisis and the lessons that can be taken from this for the future. Brazil also strongly contributes to the OECD’s statistical databases and encourages the wide availability of OECD information and databases for public servants, researchers and students through a specific agreement which provides OECD iLibrary access to 200 Brazilian institutions



Brazil is one of the most active Key Partners of the OECD. Taking advantage of its Key Partner status, Brazil currently adheres to many OECD Legal Instruments, and participates in multiple OECD Bodies. Furthermore, Brazil is a member of the OECD Development Centre and is also active in six OECD-LAC Regional Forums and Networks.


For more information on Brazil’s engagement with the OECD, take a look at the 2015 Active with Brazil brochure, which gives an overview of the OECD’s collaboration with and work on Brazil across all of the OECD’s policy areas.

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Latest OECD Publications on Brazil 


OECD Economic Surveys: Brazil 2015

This 2015 OECD Economic Survey of Brazil examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. The special chapters cover strengthening the industrial sector and improving health policies.

Take a look at OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría's remarks from the publication launch in Brasilia on 4 November 2015.

Additional Recent Reviews of Brazil:


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