Montreal: Conference on new Brazilian government

Saturday, June 7, 2003 - 19:00 - 22:00

The Cabaret is the closing event of the New Brazil Seminar on June 6th and 7th at UQAM, presented by Alternatives and the Perseo Abramo Foundation from Brazil, in collaboration with the Université du Québec à Montréal, and the Centre de recherches et d'études sur le Brésil de l'UQAM.

This event features the principal players in the much heralded Brazilian government, including :

-  Miguel Rossetto, Agrarian Development Minister, 
-  Marco Aurelio Garcia, President Lula's International relations advisor 
-  Paolo Vannuchi, President of the Ciudadania Institute 
-  Ricardo de Azevedo, Fundação Perseo Abramo representative. 
-  Raimunda Montero, Environment National Fund director

This is a unique opportunity to meet key government officials and discover not only what their platform means for Brazil and the rest of Latin America, but also the potential impact here in Canada.

In November 2002, more than 60% of Brazilians ushered in a new government that rode to victory on a platform of social justice, democracy and citizen engagement. The new President, Ignacio Lula Da Silva, is wasting little time - during his inauguration speech he highlighted the following priorities : overcoming hunger and social exclusion, administrative and agrarian reform, and revising foreign policy.

The goals are ambitious and the challenges are many : little financial flexibility, a tense and unpredictable international situation, and, of course, the greatest inequality between rich and poor of any country in the world. Find out why the new government argues that Brazil and its 180 million people are up to the task.