BRATECC | Number 13 - October 2020
Newsletter October 2020
BRATECC Hosted The Knowledge Exchange Visit and Meetings of The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation,
Marcos Pontes, with Prestigious Universities of Texas

On September 4th, 2020, the Minister of Science and Technology of Brazil, Marcos Pontes, came to Houston for virtual and in-person meetings organized by the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce (BRATECC) with professors from Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas, representatives of the SpaceCom and the Brazilian Space Agency. The meetings had the support of the president of the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce, Ulisses Sperandio, BRATECC's Executive Director, Cid Silveira, BRATECC's Events Committee Chair, Helder Waiandt, and the Commercial Advisor of the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston, Alex Freire.

On the first day visiting Houston, Minister Pontes visited Rice University for a Lab Tour, followed by a virtual meeting at BRATECC with Professor Kakadiaris, from the University of Houston.
On the second day, Minister Pontes had a work brunch at Fogo de Chão, organized by BRATECC, with Professor Rizski and Professor Vilalta, from the University of Houston, to talk about projects that involve the possibility of student exchanges between both countries.

On September 7th, 2020, Minister Pontes had a meeting at BRATECC offices with Professor Shams, from the University of Texas, and a virtual meeting with representatives of SpaceCom, James Causey, Executive Director, and Steve Wolfe, Deputy Executive Director, and the representatives of the Brazilian Space Agency, Carlos Moura, President, and Paulo Vasconcellos, Director of Space Transport and Licensing.
BRATECC Board’s Director, Carla Lacerda, Has Officially
Deliver the 2019 Best of The Year Award to
Décio Oddone in Rio de Janeiro
On October 8th, 2020, Carla Lacerda, president of  ExxonMobil in Brazil and BRATECC's member of the Board of Directors, had the opportunity to personally deliver the 2019 Person of the Year Award to Decio Oddone, CEO at Enauta, in Brazil.
On June 24th, 2020, the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce celebrated the second edition of its Best of the Year 2019 Awards Ceremony. In this year's edition, which was celebrated online due to government restrictions related to COVID-19, Decio Oddone, former Director of Agência Nacional de Petróleo (ANP), was awarded the Person of the Year of 2019 in recognition to his invaluable contributions to the energy sector in Brazil during his mandate at ANP.
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Monthly News
Petrobras creates Climate Change Executive Management
"The Board of Directors of Petrobras approved the creation of the Climate Change Executive Management, which will be responsible for leading the company's actions in carbon management, reduction of air emissions , energy efficiency and climate change."

US Emphasizes Joint Security Concerns as It Deepens Ties With Brazil
"Warming relations between the United States and Brazil received a boost this week with an update to an existing bilateral trade agreement, along with the commitment of billions of U.S. dollars to boost Brazilian industries."

U.S. and Brazil must reduce dependence on China imports: Pompeo
"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that as the United States and Brazil reinforce their business partnership, they need to reduce their dependence on imports from China for their own security."

Uso de tecnologias espaciais no setor do agronegócio pode alavancar economia
"A Agência Espacial Brasileira (AEB), autarquia vinculada ao Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (MCTI), assinou Acordo de Cooperação Técnica com o Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (MAPA), para estimular o desenvolvimento de tecnologias e de aplicações espaciais para o setor agropecuário nacional."

Brazil's Petrobras boosts production outlook in recovery from COVID-19 halts
"Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras said on Tuesday that 2020 production should exceed previously disclosed estimates, as the firm ramps up production at some of its most prolific offshore oilfields."

‘Aposentadoria’ de plataformas abre mercado de até R$ 90 bilhões em dez anos
“Transformação de milhares de toneladas de aço em sucata é oportunidade para estaleiros no país.”

Equinor and partners progress plan for zero carbon industrial cluster in the UK
“The application by the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) Partnership is a first step to creating the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040 and will support clean growth in the north-east of England."

Radix wins Best Company to Work for in Rio de Janeiro
"For the fifth time, Radix wins Best Company to Work for in Rio de Janeiro - in the medium company-size category. Radix has continuously maintained a prominent position in the recognition conducted by the Great Place to Work (GPTW)."

Google to pay $1 billion to some publishers for news, starting in Germany and Brazil
"CEO Sundar Pichai said the new product called Google News Showcase will launch first in Germany, where it has signed up German newspapers including Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, and in Brazil with Folha de S.Paulo , Band and Infobae ."

Brazil military fly doctors to test Amazon tribe for COVID-19
"The Brazilian military wrapped up on Monday, October 5, a three-week operation that provided medical care to the Amazon’s Guajajara tribe hit by COVID-19, in response to criticism that Brazil was not protecting vulnerable indigenous people from the pandemic."

Letícia Andrade é a nova presidente da Equinor Brasil
“Letícia Andrade assume a partir da quinta (1/10) a presidência interina da Equinor Brasil, a‪cumulando com seu cargo de vice-presidente de Estratégia e Portfólio,‬ e substituindo Margareth Øvrum, que representará o Brasil no comitê executivo da Equinor até 31 de dezembro, quando irá se aposentar.”

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