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By Stephen Ciesinski Stephen Ciesinski at 2:36 PM PDT, Wed Jul 29, 2015

SRI International had the honor of hosting President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and her top ministers during her recent visit to the United States. Brazil is a huge country with a wealth of natural resources and a population of more than 200 million. Yet, as it tries to move from an industrial-based economy to an innovation economy, it faces a number of issues. The challenges include how to compete with other emerging, more nimble nations of South America—as well as the world—for innovation, for attracting and encouraging new business and industries, and ultimately for creating jobs.

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