In a keynote address at the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke emphasized that the United States and Brazil can help each other compete in the global economy, asserting that "there are opportunities still being left on the table.""It's time for the United States to treat our engagement with Brazil on economic issues as seriously as we do with nations like China and India," Locke said. Locke, who is in Brazil as part of President Obama's visit to Latin America, noted that the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum has added "an important private-sector voice to the discussion on growing trade and investment." In the latest forum meeting, this past Saturday, the CEOs pushed for a free-trade agreement between the United States and Brazil and agreed that the two countries should create incentives to attract U.S. companies to participate in Brazilian infrastructure projects. Those projects include the construction of transportation systems, upgrades to port and airport security systems and construction of facilities for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Brazil. "U.S. companies have the technological and engineering expertise to help with these endeavors, and can also be reliable suppliers for Brazilian companies," Locke said.