Bolsonaro to bring Brazil's new trade agenda to Davos

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured) will attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week with the goal of promoting Brazil's new approach to global trade.

"I am confident and happy with the opportunity to show the world leaders a different Brazil, this time without ideological ties and generalized corruption. I will reiterate our wishes to establish trade and commerce worldwide, focusing on free markets, bilateral agreements and fiscal balance," Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

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"With those foundations laid, Brazil shall head in the direction of healthy employment numbers, and overall prosperity," he added.

During his presidential election campaign last year, Bolsonaro criticized the Mercosur trading bloc and said Brazil should sign free trade agreements with countries around the world. Brazil is one of the founding members of Mercosur, together with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

In Davos, Bolsonaro will be accompanied by economy minister Paulo Guedes, along with foreign minister Ernesto Araujo and justice minister Sergio Moro.

The annual WEF meeting will be held on January 22-25.

Before his first international trip as president, Bolsonaro will receive his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, in Brasilia on Wednesday. The leaders are expected to talk about bilateral issues, as well as the situation in troubled Venezuela.