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Brazilian president will visit U.S. to discuss trade

April 6, 2012

Early next week, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff will pay her first official visit to Washington D.C., according to Bloomberg. The leader recently met with German officials to discuss the effect of leading economies on Brazil, and she will discuss similar topics with President Obama next week.

"She's been bolder than [former president Luiz Ignacio Lula de Silva] on the economy and domestic politics," Albert Fishlow, a former deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state for Latin America who has studied Brazil for 50 years, told the news source. "The question is whether she'll be successful."

According to Reuters, Rousseff and Obama plan to talk about the current state and the future of the economic relations between the nations. Brazil is the sixth largest economy in the world, and second in the Americas, but trade between Brazil and the U.S. was a mere $74 billion last year. On the other hand, U.S. trade with China in 2011 was approximately $503 billion.

Those who want to find out more about Rousseff's U.S. trip or the economics of Brazil can make calls to Brazil with international phone cards to talk to their friends.

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