Government Relations in South America

Once you leave your country, you are in unfamiliar waters...But we can help!

Given the many years of commercial and diplomatic services to foreign and Brazilian governments, our key executives can pave the way for your company to avoid hurdles of government relations in South America.

Government relations at its best in Brazil. Government has multiple identities, and in Latin America good relations with goverment is key to certain "regulated" business projects. The Federalist Papers, in which Framers Madison, Hamilton and Jay strove to sway public opinion, could be considered according to current usage as an outside lobbying effort. Lobbying is a controversial and often misunderstood activity. Protected by the First Amendment and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, in its most simple form lobbying is informing government officials as to what a group of citizens wants. This is a fundamental part of democratic government. Since corporations in the U.S. are considered to have some rights of citizenship, they also can engage in this dialogue.

Lobbying depends on cultivating personal relationships over many years. Government alone acts as both player and referee to arbitrate and define the "public interest". Sometimes impartial and fair, it can also be narrowly self-interested. Despite adherence to a command and control governance model, it is neither coherent nor cohesive. On any given day, government pulls in all directions at once, as mentioned by the American League of Lobbyists. We understand this and cultivate excelent relations with several levels of governments in Brazil, and can solve many difficulties to our clients' advantage.

Your meeting with key officials to discuss projects and possibilities is just a phone call away for us. We can:

  • Get one-on-one meetings with select officials and government entities
  • Present your case to the right authorities on your behalf
  • Get help with customs and key regulatory officials
  • Provide government relations and procurement consulting strategy and tactical for much needed projects of your company

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