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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.
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.
Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, and Michel Temer, President of Brazil during World Economic Forum 2018, in Davos, Switzerland
“Brazil is back. And the Brazil that is back is a more prosperous country, a more open country, a country with more opportunities for investment, commerce and business (…) The Brazilian government has applied to accede to the OECD - an Organisation of which we are a Key Partner and whose set of standards is already broadly compatible with Brazilian legislation”
Michel Temer, President of Brazil
OECD Active with Brazil
Brazil is one of the most active Key Partners of the OECD and a member of the OECD Development Centre. It 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.
For more information on Brazil’s engagement with the OECD, take a look at the 2018 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.
Latest OECD Publications on Brazil
Over the past two decades, strong growth combined with remarkable social progress have made Brazil one of the world’s leading economies, despite the long recession that began in 2014 and from which the economy is now slowly emerging. However, inequality remains high and fiscal accounts have deteriorated substantially, calling for wide-ranging reforms to sustain progress on inclusive growth.
Find here the executive summary, assessment and recommendations