The Brazilian and Basque Governments to sign a cooperation agreement regarding transport systems in Brazil this week
This technical cooperation agreement is the outcome of the Lehendakari's visit to Brazil in March 2010
It will be signed on Friday by the Brazilian Minister for Cities, Mário Negromonte, and the Basque Government's Minister for Transport, Iñaki Arriola
On Friday 20 January, the Brazilian Minister for Cities, Mário Negromonte, and the Basque Government's Minister for Housing, Public Works and Transport, Iñaki Arriola, along with the Basque Premier, Lehendakari Patxi López, and the National Secretary for Urban Mobility and Transport from the Brazilian Ministry for Cities, Luiz Carlos Bueno de Lima, as witnesses, will sign a technical cooperation agreement for VLT tramway transport systems in Brazil between the Ministry for Cities of the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Basque Government.
Furthermore, over the coming days, the Minister for Cities, Mário Negromonte, and the Mayor of Salvador de Bahía, Joâo Henrique de Barradas Carneiro, will be able to see for themselves during their visit to the Basque Country how many of the Basque tramway and railway services (Metro Bilbao, EuskoTren and EuskoTran) operate and the ETS infrastructure work in Gipuzkoa. They will also visit the Danobat (Bergara) and CAF (Beasain) factories and will take part in a meeting in Bilbao with directors from different Basque companies in the transport, engineering and railway infrastructure construction sectors.
During the days that they are here, the Brazilian delegation will be able to discover why Vitoria-
Gasteiz was chosen as Green Capital 2012. The delegation will be welcomed by the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Javier Maroto, and will visit the city's tramway facilities, which is the fundamental transport system in its sustainable mobility model.
Projects in Brazil
The Federal Government of Brazil, many of its State Governments and different local councils plan to implement different tramway and railway transport services in its major metropolitan and urban areas.
Many of these projects are part of the run-up to the country's hosting two major sports events, the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in the coming years.
The Brazilian institutions are also focusing on meeting the urban mobility needs and on transforming some of the operational transport systems to tackle the modernisation process.
The State of Government of Brazil has thus developed the Major City Mobility Programme, within the Growth Acceleration Programme (PAC), which involves key investments in city mobility projects, with a special emphasis on tramways and railways. The Basque and Spanish cooperation in this area is considered to be fundamental for implementing the projects, due to the technology developed in and proven track record of Spain and the Basque Country over the last twenty years.
This Basque-Brazilian technical cooperation agreement is the outcome of the institutional trip by Lehendakari Patxi López to Brazil. It envisages involving EuskoTren, the Basque Government's Public Company, given its broad experience in state-of-the-art technology applied to the sector, as well as in management, operating and training. The agreement seeks to optimise the inter-urban and urban tramway and railway system in Brazil, particularly with regard to project to build, recover, refurbish and modernise the VLT transport networks in Brazil.