Forum President George Anderson met with more than 100 senior Brazilian state and federal government officials during a mission to Natal, Brazil, on March 29 30, 2007. Mr. Anderson and Australian fiscal expert Roger Wilkins also met with finance secretaries and the federal vice-minister of finance. Discussions centred on fiscal federalism and the feasibility of establishing a new dual value added tax. The invitation to Mr. Anderson and Mr. Wilkins arose from the extensive work the Forum has done with the Fiscal Forum of the Brazilian States.
Forum staff also met with representatives of the city of Belo Horizonte, the vice-governor of the state of Minas Gerais, the governor of Rio Grande do Norte and directors of the Forum’s liaison partner institution, the Institute for Applied Economics.