U.S. Domestic Security Boss Discusses Travel, Trade in Brazil
By Dialogo July 16, 2012
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held talks on July 12 with Brazilian officials on beefing up aviation security and facilitating travel and trade between the two countries.
“As our countries and societies become more connected and dependent upon shared systems of transportation, commerce and communications, we must work together to address shared threats,” Napolitano told the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo on the second day of her visit to Brazil.
“We continue to collaborate with our international partners to strengthen aviation security and the global supply chain, and facilitate legal travel and trade, which are critical to our economy,” she added.
On July 11, Napolitano joined Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota in Brasília to sign a statement of intent to set up a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) working group.
In January, US President Barack Obama announced new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the United States, setting goals for processing visas and foreign visitors.
In line with Obama’s executive order, Napolitano’s agency is backing efforts to boost non-immigrant visa processing capacity for Brazilians by 40 percent in the coming year, expand the VWP and travel by nationals of VWP countries.
VWP facilitates trade and travel, enabling nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
More than 1.2 million Brazilians visited the United States in 2010, contributing some $6 billion to the economy, according to US figures that estimate the number of visitors could reach 2.8 million by 2016.
Napolitano also signed a joint statement of intent on civil aviation security with Brazilian Civil Aviation Minister Wagner Bittencourt.
In São Paulo, she also huddled with Mayor Gilberto Kassab and state security secretary Edsom Ortega for talks on information sharing, intellectual property rights enforcement and combating media counterfeiting and piracy.
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