Brazil is the 8th largest trading partner of goods with the United States of America, totaling $76 billion worth of exports and imports as of 2012. With a population of 198.7 million people, Brazil has a huge consumer market that businesses can target its services and goods to. In 2012, Brazil was tied with the UK as the 7th largest economy in the world, and is on pace to jump the UK and become the 6th largest economy this year.
I don’t need to convince you of the importance of Brazil on a global scale, which is apparent through its the trade relations with the world. By hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is positioned to become even more of a power player.
With all of these economic motivations, you should consider getting yourself to the DMV in October! The Brazilian Economic Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2013.
At the conference, some of the brightest minds related to Brazil will be there discussing present and future economic affairs. The chance to gain some insight and learn about this Latin powerhouse is pretty enticing! Afterwards you can discuss what you just learned with a friend over a half-smoke at Ben’s and figure out how you can learn Portuguese to really maximize your potential.