The government of Brazil is developing several national plans around the transformation into a digital economy. In addition, there are several data privacy bills in Congress, closely aligned with the EU framework, and are expected to move forward soon- potentially in 2018. Together, these activities will decide the way in which Brazil views cross border data flows and will have a significant impact on businesses.
Last Published: 10/3/2017

The government of Brazil is developing several national plans around the transformation into a digital economy.  In addition, there are several data privacy bills in Congress, closely aligned with the EU framework, and are expected to move forward soon- potentially in 2018. Together, these activities will decide the way in which Brazil views cross border data flows and will have a significant impact on businesses. According to a survey by Accenture, increased use of digital technologies could impact the productivity of the world's top ten economies, adding US$1.36 trillion to those countries' GDP by 2020. In the case of Brazil, impact on GDP could reach US$97 billion over the same period.  Below are brief summaries of the Brazil Strategy for Digital Transformation, the National Internet of Things (IoT) Plan and the Information, and the Communications and Cyber Security Strategy of the Federal Public Admin.2015-2018.
 
The Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) announced the public consultation for the Brazilian Strategy for Digital Transformation, as of Aug.1, 2017. The document will set the guidelines for the “digitalization” of the Brazilian economy and society in the coming years and aims to create a favorable environment for agriculture, commerce, finance, industries, and transportation and logistics services, through the advancement of digitalization in productive processes. To make that possible, the project includes improvement in network infrastructure and internet access; research, development, and innovation; reliability in the digital environment; professional education and training; and the international dimension. 
 
The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) and a consortium of companies have been developing a National Internet of Things (IoT) Plan.  This is focused on providing analysis of international practices, creating a benchmark of initiatives and public policies that suggests ways in which Internet of Things technologies could be developed in Brazil. The study is organized in three stages: the first (general diagnosis and aspirations for Brazil), and the second (selection of verticals and horizontals) are already complete. The third phase (verticals investigation, elaboration of an IoT vision for each vertical, and proposed Action Plan 2017-2022) is ongoing. The final report for public consultation is expected to be released by Oct.2017.
 
The Information, Communications and Cyber Security Strategy of the Federal Public Administration 2015-2018 was developed by the Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI) and aims to present the strategic guidelines for Information Security and Cybersecurity planning, as well as to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructures and national public services by mitigating risks that organizations and society are exposed to. The strategy advocates the establishment of a central body and a national system that will monitor and evaluate the implementation of the national policy.  The strategy aligns goals to raise the maturity, and improve training and research on "state-owned cryptographic hardware and algorithms.
 
Digital Summit  Oct.26
- The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federação de Industrias do Estado de Sao Paulo (FIESP) are jointly planning a Digital Summit in Sao Paulo.  The event will advance dialogue and engagement between U.S. industry and the Brazilian government on the importance of the digital economy for economic growth. The event at FIESP’s headquarters is expected to attract nearly 500 of Brazil’s most important business, government and civil society leaders.  This is an opportunity to shape the debate by influencing key policymakers and lawmakers who will develop Brazil’s digital regulations and laws over the next few years. 
  
Quarterly Digital Advisory Roundtable – Sao Paulo, Brazil - The U.S. Commercial Service holds a quarterly meeting of U.S. companies engaged in policy and regulatory issues as it relates to the digital economy. This roundtable is a mechanism for us to gain an understanding of the issues U.S. companies face in Brazil as it relates to the digital economy and build strategies to effectively advocate on them.  Our aim is to enhance efforts to advance commercial diplomacy, drive policy advocacy on technology issues, and ensure linkages between trade policy and trade promotion efforts.  

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