President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) appointed the vice-president and senator-elect, Hamilton Mourão (Republicanos-RS), to represent him at the 61st Summit of Heads of State of Mercosur and Associated States, this Tuesday (6), in Montevideo (Uruguay).
In addition to Mourão, the Brazilian minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos França, is part of the Brazilian delegation. He has already participated in bilateral meetings that precede the Mercosur Summit, such as the meeting with the executive president of the Development Bank of Latin America, Sergio Díaz-Granados.
The event would be Bolsonaro’s last international engagement in the Presidency of the Republic. In November, at the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27), in Egypt, the Brazilian delegation was headed by the Minister of the Environment, Joaquim Leite.
The Mercosur Summit takes place this Tuesday (6). On Monday, before the official start, the Common Market Council, a ministerial-level decision-making body, met in Uruguay. The 61st Summit marks the end of Uruguay’s shift presidency and the beginning of Argentina’s presidency.
During the Uruguayan presidency, activities focused on topics such as the common external tariff, the regime of origin, trade in services, the sugar and automotive sectors, the digital agenda and technical regulations.
Between January and October this year, Brazil exported around US$ 18 billion to the Mercosur countries and imported around US$ 15 billion from the bloc, with a surplus of US$ 2.9 billion. According to the government, more than 90% of Brazilian sales correspond to products from the transformation industry, with emphasis on the automotive sector and machinery and equipment.