President Dilma Rousseff will make a working visit to Montevideo on 30 May, to follow up on the dialogue with President José Mujica about comment interest issues.
In addition to reviewing issues in the global and regional agenda, the two Presidents will address the main ongoing projects in the bilateral agenda. The Presidents will pay special attention to the series of infrastructure initiatives and works that aim at imparting greater momentum to the integrated development process of northern Uruguay and the southern half of Rio Grande do Sul, particularly the construction of a new bridge over the Jaguarão River, the reactivation of the railway connection and the implementation of the Uruguay-Brasil Waterway. Also in the infrastructure domain, the two leaders will go over the possibilities for cooperating on energy and the construction of a power transmission line between the two countries. During the visit, a new mechanism to coordinate cooperation in science, technology and innovation is expected to be created.
A number of agreements and memoranda of understanding on ongoing initiatives and new areas that will broaden the range of areas in the bilateral relations are expected to be signed. The agreements cover science and technology, cooperation for the establishment of content laboratories for Digital TV and interactive applications in Uruguay, a join action plan to offer greater broadband internet access and several documents on culture, health, public security and housing.
Brazil has established itself in the last few years as the main destination for Uruguayan exports and as Uruguay’s main supplier. In 2010, bilateral exchange exceeded US$ 3 billion, a 19.4% increase in relation to the previous year. Trade exchange was balanced, with approximately US$ 1.5 billion in exports to Uruguay and imports from the neighboring country.