U.S., Brazil agree on tech work for poor

March 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

BRASILIA, Brazil, March 3 (UPI) -- The United States and Brazil Wednesday signed a pact to implement cooperative technical activities in poor countries, the secretary of state's office said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed the agreement while Clinton was in Brazil as part of her mission to Latin American countries, a State Department spokesman said.

The memorandum of understanding highlights an increased interest Brazil and the United States have in expanding joint efforts to foster economic development, improve healthcare and increase a sense of social inclusion in poor countries, particularly in Africa and Latin America, the State Department said.

The agreement will function as a guide for the United States and Brazil in selecting countries, the department said. Possible activities include supporting recipient countries in appropriate studies and policy reviews, and providing technical assistance and training of the recipient countries' technical specialists in the United States and Brazil.

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the country's Ministry of External Relations are the lead agencies, the State Department said.

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