Joint statement by CNI, BDI and LADW on the occasion of the meeting between Chancellor Scholz and President Lula.
In just 72 hours, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the three countries Argentina, Brazil and Chile at the end of January to take cooperation with the region decisive steps further. One highlight of the trip was the meeting with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has only been in office for 30 days, at the Planalto Palace in Brasília. On this occasion, a joint declaration of the National Confederation of Industry of Brazil (CNI), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Latin America Committee of German Business (LADW) was presented. Gunnar Kilian, LADW Chairman and member of the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, was able to accompany the trip as a member of the business delegation.
The business community’s document identifies five priority measures that can be used to strengthen Germany’s economic and political cooperation with Latin America’s largest economy:
1. Conclude EU-Mercosur Agreement.
2. Modernize the action plan of the strategic partnership Germany – Brazil.
3. Launch negotiations for a new, modern bilateral Double Taxation Agreement (DTA).
4. Progressing on Brazil’s roadmap to accede to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
5. Promote bilateral initiatives in digitalization and Industry 4.0 with topics such as 5G technology, cybersecurity and sustainable energy transition.