• Brazil’s president meets Prince Felipe of Spain

    Brazil's president meets Prince Felipe of SpainBrazil’s first-ever female president, Dilma Rousseff. who was voted in this weekend, has sent a message to Spain assuring the country of the importance of its investment in the Latin American nation.

    She spoke with Prince Felipe about commercial relations between the two countries in a meeting in the Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.

    During this, the first meeting with a foreign leader for Rousseff in her short history as Brazilian president, the heir to the Spanish throne handed her a letter from his father, King Juan Carlos, inviting her to visit Spain.

    They agreed that the presence of Spanish companies in Brazil was ‘positive for both countries’ and should be increased, taking advantage of the business opportunities presented by the World Cup football tournament in 2014 and Olympic games in 2016, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s largest city and former capital until Brasilia took on this status in 1960.

    They spoke about the possibilities of increasing military and defence cooperation; promoting Spanish language teaching in Brazil; Spain’s role in helping Brazil combat poverty, and job opportunities for Spanish people in Brazil.

    Prince Felipe had the chance to meet with various Spanish expatriates in Brazil before his return to Madrid.

  • Brazil’s first female President elected on 1 November 2010

    Dilma Rousseff - Brazil's first female PresidentDilma Rousseff was elected the country‚Äôs first female President on 1 November as Brazilians voted strongly in favour of continuing the economic and social policies of the popular outgoing President Lula da Silva. Ms Rousseff, who will be sworn in on 1 January, is expected to continue the policies of President Lula, with emphasis on government efficiency, expanding the role of the state in some sectors such as mining, and upgrading the country’s infrastructure. She will also oversee a huge expansion of Brazil’s oil industry, following the discovery of major offshore oil fields that should make Brazil one of the world’s top 10 oil exporters.

    The Brazil economy continues to grow from strength to strength and is now larger than both Russia and India while China has become its largest trading partner. With the International Monetary Fund predicting that Brazilian GDP will grow to US$2.2 trillion next year and Brazil playing host to the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, these are exciting times for the country.