Rio de Janeiro, Nov 6 (EFE) .- The Brazilian Minister of Regional Development, Rogerio Marinho, embarked this Saturday for Portugal to carry out a visit to Europe that will also take him to the Netherlands and Spain, and in which he will meet with authorities and entrepreneurs to learn about experiences in water management and basic sanitation.
The Brazilian delegation headed by Marinho also plans to exchange experiences and sign partnerships in the areas of urban mobility and productive development, the ministry said in a statement.
Water supply and basic sanitation are two of the main shortcomings in Brazil and some European companies, with extensive experience in these sectors, have been interested in the concessions granted by the Brazilian government for these services.
While 100 million Brazilians, almost 47% of the population, lack access to sanitation systems and are forced to dump their wastewater directly into rivers, some 35 million or 16% do not have access to treated water.
“We will visit these three countries to absorb the experiences and knowledge that they built in sectors that the Development Ministry deals with,” explained Marinho, quoted in the statement.
The minister stressed the importance of “this exchange so that our projects and programs are increasingly effective and that Brazilians can have access to the best in the world.”
The tour begins on Sunday in Lisbon, continues on Tuesday in the Netherlands and concludes on Friday in Madrid.
Marinho traveled accompanied by his secretary for Development and Associations with the Private Sector, Verônica Sánchez; the head of the International Counseling Department of the Ministry, Carla Barroso; and the director of the National Agency for Water and Basic Sanitation, Christianne Dias.
The first commitment, on Sunday in Lisbon, will be a meeting with the Minister of Environment and Climate Action of Portugal, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, to address issues such as protection and sustainable development of water resources, regulation of water management, water supply and wastewater sanitation.
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