George Anderson (left), President and CEO of the Forum of Federations, attending a roundtable discussion at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), in Brasilia. He is flanked to his left by an interpreter; by Helena Kerr, President of ENAP; by Marta Arretche, Associate Professor at the University of SÃ£o Paulo; and by Vicente Trevas, adviser to the Caixa EconÃ´mica Federal, a government-owned financial institution, and a board member of the Forum.
The Forum was the international co-sponsor of a conference in Brasilia to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Brazilian federation. The main objective of the November 17-19, 2009, event, titled 120 Years of the Brazilian Federation – Intergovernmental Cooperation: A Strategy for Development, was to foster dialogue among public officials of the three orders of the Brazilian federation, with the goal of determining how to improve intergovernmental cooperation as a strategy for development. The Forum brought three experts to this event: George Anderson, President and CEO of the Forum of Federations; HansjÃ¶rg BlÃ¶chliger, Head of the Fiscal Federalism Network of the OECD; and Ravi Dhingra, former Secretary of the Inter-State Council of the Indian Government. The Portuguese edition of Federalism: An Introduction in Portuguese by George Anderson was launched during the conference. (Read about the English edition of the Fiscal Primer ) While in Brasilia, Mr. Anderson joined Marta Arretche, Associate Professor at the University of SÃ£o Paulo, and Vicente Trevas of Caixa Economica and a director of the Forum, in a roundtable discussion at the National School of Public Administration, chaired by its president Helena Kerr. In Sao Paulo, the Forum representatives participated in a roundtable organized by the Foundation School of Sociology and Politics of Sao Paulo, where Mr. Anderson spoke about different federal arrangements. Mr. Anderson also met the Ambassadors to Brazil of Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Switzerland, which are partner countries of the Forum, and briefed them on the Forumâ€™s work in different thematic areas as well as its Brazil program.