Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim today signed a “Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries,” in Brasilia, Brazil.
The United States and Brazil have a long history of partnership in delivering development assistance to maximize resources to fight poverty. Building upon these successful collaborations, this Memorandum of Understanding highlights the increased interest Brazil and the United States have in expanding work together to foster economic development, improve health care and increase social inclusion in countries that face the greatest poverty challenges, particularly in Africa and Latin America.
This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to guide the United States and Brazil in jointly selecting countries to promote economic and social advances in the sectors which can benefit from such cooperation. Possible activities include supporting the recipient country in sector-specific studies and policy reviews, provision of technical assistance, and training of technical specialists from third countries in the United States and Brazil. The lead agencies for development and implementation of these projects are United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC-Agência Brasileira de Cooperação) of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations.