27 April 2018
Marcos Jorge Formally Named Brazil’s Trade Minister
On 10 April, Marcos Jorge was formally designated Minister of Industry, Trade and Services more than three months after he assumed that position on an interim basis. Mr. Jorge replaced Marcos Pereira, who resigned from his post on 3 January to prepare for the upcoming congressional elections in Brazil.
At 39 years of age, Mr. Jorge is a young, up-and-coming civil servant who during 2016-2017 served as executive secretary at the ministry. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he graduated from the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina and has a master’s degree in public administration from the Instituto de Direito Público de Brasília. Prior to been named executive secretary at MDIC, Mr. Jorge served as executive secretary at the Ministry of Sport where he was one of the officials responsible for organising the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. At the state level, he served as federal superintendent at the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, co-ordinator of the Forum of Federal Managers of the Presidency, and secretary of state for culture.
Mr. Jorge declared on 10 April that he intends to continue the work or former minister Pereira and expressed optimism about the successful conclusion of the on-going free trade agreement negotiations between Mercosur and the European Union. The minister added that greater integration with the world will come from the tireless implementation of trade facilitation measures and the ambitious pursuit of better and greater access to foreign markets for Brazilian goods and services.