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The achievements and challenges faced by Brazil in the view of foreign diplomats

In its second edition, the Diplomatic Corps Opinion Survey is an important communication tool with representatives of other countries and identifies Brazil’s measures in foreign relations.

The document brings together the view of foreign diplomats residing in Brazil on topics such as economic performance, important reforms for the country, taxation, and bilateral cooperation mechanisms.


Main results
Opinion survey with the diplomatic corps



of the embassies, estimated that the economic performance in 2020 has deteriorated



of respondents believe the economic outlook will deteriorate further in 2021

There was a


decrease in how Brazil is seen as a relevant international player

As a result of the pandemic,


observed a decrease in Brazilian exports to their countries

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Relationship with the government


of respondents selected the Ministry of Economy as the main government agency with which they would like to establish a closer relationship


pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the Brazilian government agency with which they had the closest relations in 2020

for the second consecutive year, the survey showed that the most relevant topics to improve trade relations were

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Facilitation and reduction of bureaucracy in foreign trade

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Simplification and reduction of export and import taxes to Brazil


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was considered the most important for improving the business environment in Brazil.

About the Survey

Since 2014, the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI) holds the Diplomatic Briefing, which is an initiative to strengthen the relationship with foreign diplomatic missions in Brasília.

The establishment of the Diplomatic Briefing, together with the longstanding cooperation between CNI and foreign embassies, led to the implementation of a survey on relevant topics to further improve bilateral relations.