Conference on Cooperative Federalism

The Forum, in cooperation with the Brazilian government, hosted a conference on federalism held in Brasilia from 9 11 May 2000. The event provided an opportunity for 600 participants—representatives of the Brazilian government, political officials, foreign experts, scholars, and youth—to discuss federalism in the Brazilian and international contexts. The conference was opened by Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and closed by Vice- President Marco Maciel. Ministers, state governors, senior officials, and parliamentarians from both the government and opposition parties participated in the conference activities. The conference led to the creation of a Brazilian Intergovernmental Working Group to discuss federal-state mechanisms and a joint approach to problem solving.

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