US Supports Brazil's OECD Candidacy over Argentina

Americans delivered letter to organization making Brazil a priority


 In a gesture to the Jair Bolsonaro government, the United States will make Brazil's entry into the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) a priority.

The interlocutors told Folha that the Americans delivered a letter to the organization, making it official that they want Brazil to be the next country to begin the process of joining the organization.

In practice, the American action means that Washington defends that Brazil occupies the vacancy that initially belonged to Argentina in the queue of candidates to a place in the so-called rich countries club.

US president, Donald Trump, and Brazil president, Jair Bolsonaro (Xinhua/Ting Shen)

"The US wants Brazil to become the next country to begin the process of joining the OECD. The Brazilian government is working to align its economic policies with OECD standards while prioritizing membership to strengthen its political reforms," the US embassy in Brasilia said.

"Our decision to prioritize Brazil's candidacy as the next country to begin the process is a natural evolution of the commitment reaffirmed by Secretary of State and President Trump in October 2019," added the diplomatic mission.

 Brazil's candidacy for the OECD had been a priority since the administration of former President Michel Temer and has become a priority of the current administration.

According to people who follow the theme, the US wants Brazil to "break the line" and occupy Argentina's place.

Until the end of last year, Argentina was governed by the liberal Mauricio Macri, which strengthened the country's claim for OECD membership.

With the victory of Peronist Alberto Fernández, Americans think that the new authorities in Buenos Aires no longer saw the entry into the organization as a priority.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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