David Barioni Neto took office as the new president of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) during a ceremony held Tuesday (24/02) at the agency’s headquarters in Brasilia. The ceremony was attended by Brazil’s minister of Development, Industry and Trade Armando Monteiro, who took office as president of the Directors Board.
David Barioni Neto is a business administrator with previous experience as vice president of the Brazilian airlines GOL and president of TAM.
“We brought to the presidency of Apex-Brasil a person with comprehensive experience in the private sector. He chaired major companies in Brazil and has a great understanding of what the country’s insertion in the international market means”, said minister Armando Monteiro.
Apex-Brazil new president believes that his experience can bring closer together private and public sectors.
“I thought it was time to contribute somehow with the public sector, bringing a view of the private sector so both sides can be closer. These are two sides that should be aligned. The private sector is very fast, what creates a mismatch against the more normative feature of the public sector. We can only increase exports working together”, explained Barioni Neto.
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy.
Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad.
Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil.