U.S. and Brazil Statements to Press at Itamaraty Palace

Under Secretary Keith Krach Remarks

Introduction: U.S.-Brazil Relations

Hello everyone. It’s great to be here in Brazil. Thank you, Ambassador Costa e Silva, for your warm welcome.

I’m here at a time when the US Brazil partnership momentum is as strong as it’s ever been.

We share a vibrant friendship that spans two centuries of mutual interests and shared values.  At the core of our partnership is our commitment to democratic values trust principles….

As the two largest democracies and economies in the hemisphere, we are working together to address the most urgent global and regional challenges of the 21st century.

U.S.-Brazil Environmental Dialogue

Earlier today, together with Foreign Minister Araujo, I was honored to launch the U.S.-Brazil Environmental cooperation Framework on a range of critical environmental protection challenges.

Brazil and the United States share a commitment to solving environmental challenges and ensuring a healthy planet for many years to come.  We will continue collaborating to protect and conserve the environment while harnessing the power of the private sector for the benefit of our citizens and our planet.

Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange

Also today, we launched the Japan-U.S.-Brazil trilateral partnership.  Our three countries identified three pillars that form the basis of joint cooperation: strengthening policy collaboration on regional issues, pursuing shared economic security, and democratic governance.

In particular a the strategic issue that crosses over all 3 of these areas of policy collaboration. In terms of addressing the long-term threats to data privacy, security, human rights, and trusted collaboration.

The Clean Network comprised of like-minded countries, civil, comprehensive, enduring strategy to rooted in internationally-accepted Digital Trust Standards and represents the execution of a multi-year, built on a coalition of trusted partners.

Together the 3 of us, Japan, U.S., and Brazil all expressed commitment to secure, resilient and trusted 5G networks and support for the Prague Proposals and internationally accepted digital trust standards which form the basis of the EU 5G Clean Toolbox and the Clean Network.

This great news because 31 of the 37 OECD nations are already members.

The Clean Network

The Clean Network is a coalition of now 49 like-minded Clean Countries, representing nearly 2/3 of the world’s GDP, 170 Clean Telcos, and many leading Clean Companies, and

  • 27 of 30 NATO Allies;
  • 31 of 37 OECD Members;
  • 26 of 27 EU Members; and
  • 11 of 12 Three Seas nations are all part of the Clean Network.

And I’m thrilled that this afternoon Foreign Minister Araujo expressed support for the principles of the Clean Network. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I thank you. The bold innovators of your nation will no doubt appreciate the Government of Brazil’s continued visionary leadership.

What’s in it for Brazil?

Over the last couple of days, I’ve met with many top Brazilian business leaders.  There’s broad agreement about the importance of secure, trusted 5G infrastructure.

Augusto Lins, President of Stone Pagamentos:

  • Having a 5G clean network is very important to fight cyber crime, data breaches, and money laundering as well as to attract investments to new value-added products and services which will require innovative solutions.
  • A network is only as strong as its weakest link.

One executive said that joining the Clean Network would help Brazil become a global export platform, turning a market of 200 million consumers into 500 million.

NEC Latin America:

  • The Clean Network with open radio access network architecture will support a diversity of trusted vendors.  This is good for Brazil’s economic growth, good for operators, and good for consumers.
  • Open architecture and clean 5G will help Brazil become a global producer of network components.

Siemens Brasil:

  • A Clean 5G Network is not just about cell phones; it is about critical manufacturing processes, oil and gas platforms, and power networks, sanitation systems and internet of things.
  • The Clean Network will help ensure that Brazil’s critical infrastructure – power, transportation, and sanitation systems – is safe and reliable.

The Clean Network will help us become a trusted export platform, expanding Brazil’s market of 200 million consumers into potentially 500 million consumers.

Clean networks are important to safeguard intellectual property and user privacy.

That’s what the Clean Network is all about —TRUST.

Conclusion: It’s About Trust

Trust is the most powerful word in any language.  It’s the basis of every important relationship—personal, business, or otherwise. You buy from people you trust. You partner with people you trust.

The United States and Brazil trust each other. We trust Brazil will make the right 5G decision for its citizens, businesses, and ultimately its national security.  And the United States will be right there by your side.

Secretary for Bilateral and Regional Negotiations in the Americas Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva

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Visit by Keith Krach, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment to Brazil November 9-11, 2020

Brazil receives, on November 9, 10 and 11, the visit of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment of the U.S. Department of State (DoS), Keith Krach. The visit is another milestone in the recent process of deepening the bilateral relationship in areas such as trade, investment, environment, space cooperation and mining. It also provides an opportunity to deepen the dialogue between the two countries on international issues.

In the area of the environment, Under Secretary Krach participated, on November 10, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), in the launch of the United States-Brasil Environmental Dialogue, which will allow the deepening of cooperation in this field between the two countries. On that occasion, a joint communiqué on the initiative was released. Among the priority areas identified for greater collaboration, are the well-being of indigenous communities; the promotion of bio-economy; the fight against illegal logging and basic sanitation.

The priority areas of the Environmental Dialogue are aligned with federal government initiatives for the improvement of urban environmental quality and for the conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon. They also illustrate the common objective of Brazil and the USA to promote, within the framework of sustainable development, the economic use of natural resources, with the resulting generation of opportunities for its citizens, and to combat criminal environmental practices in all their forms, as well as to engage the private sector in projects with a positive impact on the environment.

On November 10, under-secretary Krach also participated at Itamaraty in the inaugural meeting of the Japan-United States-Brazil Trilateral Dialogue (JUSBE), an innovative mechanism for coordinating and generating concrete initiatives among the three countries, based on shared values of democracy, fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and market economy. JUSBE’s work plan contemplates three pillars of action: i) regional issues; ii) economic prosperity; and iii) democratic governance.

The visit by Under-Secretary of State Krach was also an opportunity to exchange ideas on the topic of bilateral space cooperation. The Brazilian Government is studying the possibility of cooperating with NASA in the Artemis Program, as invited by the National Security Councilor, Robert O’Brien, in his recent visit to Brazil (19-20/10).

The Program intends to send, by 2024, a manned mission to the Moon, which should be integrated by the first female astronaut to travel to Earth’s natural satellite. MCTI and AEB are examining, in contact with NASA, how the Brazilian participation in the Artemis Program can be conducted. During the visit of Undersecretary Krach, a bilateral working group was also created to carry out initiatives in the area of strategic mineral resources, a fundamental theme for the security and development of Brazil and the U.S..

In the economic area, Minister Ernesto Araújo and Undersecretary Krach reviewed progress on our trade and investment relations agenda, such as the resumption of the meetings of the CEO Forum, whose last meeting took place on September 28, and the signing of the Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency, celebrated on October 19.

Both in the JUSBE exercise and bilaterally, Brazil and the United States discussed new themes, such as digital economy and 5G. Brazil supports the principles contained in the Clean Network proposal made by the U.S., including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), aimed at promoting, in the context of 5G and other new technologies, a safe, transparent and compatible environment with democratic values and fundamental freedoms.
Minister Ernesto Araújo reiterated that Brazil is determined to participate in all discussions of parameters and rules at the OECD. Secretary Krach, for his part, reiterated that Brazil’s rapid entry into the OECD would represent an important reinforcement to that organization and its objectives.

The official mission delegation of Under Secretary Krach included Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Frank Fannon, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie J. Chung, both representatives of the State Department.