IEA Deputy Executive Director explores enhancement of ties with Brazil

2 October 2015

IEA Deputy Executive Director Paul Simons (right) presents the IEA Ministerial invitation to Mines and Energy Minister Eduardo Braga of Brazil.

IEA Deputy Executive Director Paul Simons today completed a three-day visit to Brazil that explored avenues of future co-operation between Brazil and the Agency.

During a courtesy call on Eduardo Braga, Minister of Mines and Energy, in Brasilia, Mr. Simons personally delivered a formal invitation to the Minister to attend the IEA Ministerial meeting to be held in Paris on 17-18 November.

Mr. Simons also met with Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Luiz Eduardo Barata; Director-General Albert Melo of the Eletrobras CEPEL research centre, who is also the IEA-Brazil technical co-ordinator; Director-General Mauricio Tolmasquim of EPE, the Brazilian government's energy planning and research institute; and Minister Reinaldo Salgado, the Head of the Energy Department in the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.

The IEA looks forward to deepening its co-operation with Brazil, one of the most important countries on the global energy stage and a world leader in renewable energy, offshore oil and gas, and climate change policy.