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Weekly Report - 05 April 2018 (WR-18-13)


BRAZIL | Trade and diplomacy. Brazil’s industry & trade minister, Marcos Jorge de Lima, met the UK secretary for international trade, Dr Liam Fox, on 28 March and signed a series of bilateral accords to strengthen trade and investment. During a meeting in London for the UK-Brazil Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO), ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost bilateral trade, increase regulatory cooperation, and improve the participation of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs) in foreign commerce. The two ministers also stressed their support for the bilateral Patent Prosecution Highways (PPH) programme, which comes into effect this Autumn and aims to protect the intellectual property rights of UK and Brazilian businesses.

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