Rachel Glickhouse’s Contributions
On February 8 and 9, President Dilma Rousseff visited the northeastern states of Pernambuco and Ceará to inspect two of the region’s largest infrastructure projects: the transposition of the São Francisco River, and the Transnordestina Railway. The transposition project will create canals to bring water to 390 cities in the northeast, a region prone to drought. The railway will connect Brazil’s interior farmland to two key ports in Ceará and Pernambuco. Both projects, considered strategic for the federal government, suffered delays after contracting disputes and cost overruns.
AS/COA Online spoke with Roberto de Abreu e Lima Almeida, the executive secretary of business development for the Economic Development Secretariat in Pernambuco state.