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German president and trade delegation on three-day visit to Brazil

Thursday, May 5th 2011 - 08:26 UTC
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Head of state Christian Wuff is scheduled to meet Brazilian business people in Sao Paulo Head of state Christian Wuff is scheduled to meet Brazilian business people in Sao Paulo

German President Christian Wulff is in Brazil on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries and discussing mutual co-operation in science and technology.

Wulff arrived Wednesday accompanied by some 60 German business representatives interested in investing in Brazilian airports, seaports and urban transportation projects.

Brazil's Ambassador to Germany Everton Vieira Vargas told the government-run Agencia Brasil news service that Germans are also interested in investing in infrastructure projects for the 2014 World Cup that Brazil will host and the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Wuff arrived from Costa Rica where he met Tuesday with President Laura Chinchilla to examine bilateral trade, investment opportunities and environmental protection.

Chinchilla said in a news conference that the meeting was based on the “three pillars” and said both countries share the same values of democracy, the rule of law and open trade and economy.

“Costa Rica reiterates its interest in learning the German experience in renewable energy and to open its doors to the German investment, especially for clean energy like solar and wind”, said the president, who also highlighted the “important” role Germany will play in the approval process of the association agreement between Central America and the European Union, signed last year.

Before Costa Rica, the German delegation visited Mexico, an important trade and investment partner of the EU member.

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  • yul

    Brasilia needs to have more and new infrastructure projects..

    May 05th, 2011 - 09:30 am 0
  • GeoffWard

    The problem's not the money, because it's readily available within Brasil, from the USA, and now from Germany. China's probably in the frame also.

    Forgetit tells us that actual on-the-ground build must be done by 75%+ indigenous workers. This may be a problem as there is already massive under-provision. Still, the presidenta can decree a variance.

    Also one of the BIG hold-ups is the length of time it takes for a projects (stadiums, sports villages, roads, metros, airports) to get Environmental certification. Minimum 1.5 years at present; some many years.

    And one external problem is that the All American Human Rights Organization (I forget its proper title) will bring international legal cases if works affect the poor and disposessed in any of the 13 cities involved. This could hold up matters for even longer!

    What it really needs is a Presidenta who can cut through the crap and kick ass. . . .and do it yesterday.

    May 05th, 2011 - 08:01 pm 0
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