Sunday, March 20, 2011

More exports, more jobs



US President Barack Obama is winding up his visit to Brazil, but the video above shows President Obama's plans and the reasons for his visit.

Brazilian news channels, economic and political insitutions have high expectations for this visit. They expect more access to US markets by means of fewer tariffs.

But what is Obama's goal in one word?

JOBS

Jobs for the American people. How?

EXPORTS

In his own words, "the more we sell overseas, the more jobs we create on our shores".

How does this benefit Brazil? Can you complete the sentence - the more Brazil imports, ...

The story in numbers

Watch the video to complete the sentences:

1. Every $1 billion of goods the US exports supports more than .......... jobs back home

2. President Obama plans to double exports by the year ..........

3. The US exports ....... times as much to Latin America as it does to China.

4. In ....., American exports to Brazil supported more than .................. American jobs.

5. Since 2004, exports to Chile are up (have increased) ......... percent and now support more than ............. American jobs.

For the answers click on the Read the Transcript icon.

James Bond?

No, the video does not talk about the famous Hollywood spy, but Obama uses the word BOND to talk about the relationship between the US and its "neighbors to the south". A bond is a close relationship, something that brings things together, that unites. It is a strong relationship based on values or ideals that the people involved have in common.

Who do you have a special bond with?

Is there someone you would like to have a bond with?

Open or Open up?

Obama talks about opening up markets in South America for US products. Is it the same thing as "open"?

According to dictionary.com, one of the meanings for open up is to make something more accessible. Most democratic countries have open markets, but the type of access can vary from country to country.

I can open a door but not have access to what's inside it. Maybe I don't have the privileges or the rights to the content.

What would you like to open up professionally or personally - a new relationship, a new job opportunity, a new company?