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Seminar discusses the risks of Trump's economic policy for Brazil and Latin America

by Richard Meckien - published Mar 09, 2017 04:10 PM - - last modified Mar 22, 2017 12:58 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Fernanda Rezende.

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US President Donald Trump. His economic policy may require adjustments of the trade and development agenda in Latin America

What is the risk of Donald Trump's neoconservative agenda interrupting or perverting public policies in Latin America aimed at sustainable development with innovation and democratization of opportunities? How will national and multilateral financial markets and institutions react to the new political scenario that heads to unilateralism? What does the new populism mean on a global scale?

Trying to answer these and further questions, economist Gilson Schwartz, a member of the IEA 2017 Sabbatical Year Program, has organized the seminar 'New Frontiers of Economic Geopolitics: Trump, Brazil and Latin America'. A group of speakers will discuss foreign policy and the profile of the new president of the United States of America on March 28, at 2.00 pm, in the IEA Events Room. The activity is a partnership between the IEA, USP's International Relations Research Center (NUPRI) and the Knowledge City Research Group, coordinated by Schwartz at the School of Communications and Arts (ECA-USP).

The event will be broadcast live in the IEA website.

"The focus of the debate is the identification of the new long-term challenges for the economy and society in Latin America after Trump's surprising victory. It is urgent to re-discuss the development model, not just short-term macroeconomic traps," says Schwartz.

The round-table format will bring together Otaviano Canuto, executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a group of countries that includes Brazil; Demétrio Magnoli, columnist for Folha de S. Paulo and GloboNews; Gesner de Oliveira, a professor at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and director of GO Associados; Octavio de Barros, former chief economist of Bradesco and creator of Instituto República; Marcelo Carvalho, chief economist for Latin America at BNP Paribas; Marcelo P. Cypriano, researcher at the Brazil Investment Link (NUPRI) and strategist at Mont Capital; Guilherme Ary Plonski, deputy director of the IEA; and Rafael Duarte Villa, scientific coordinator of the NUPRI.

According to Schwartz, the discussion will be guided by the theme of innovation, considering its financial, technological and cultural dimensions. The group will discuss the public policies of the new global digital and financial emergency, and the national economic issues that are being replaced in face of the global crisis unleashed by the global financial crisis that began in 2008. The central question will be: Is Latin America, and especially Brazil, prepared for the new global agenda?

The seminar opens a series of activities aimed at formulating a new agenda and global scenarios for economic development policies focused on the digitization of production, consumption and finance. It is also the launching point for the Brazilian Investment Link, which will continue this agenda of debates and research.

Photo: Gage Skidmore