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President Dilma Rousseff will visit Hannover between March 4 and 6, when she will take part in the opening ceremony of the International Fair of Information Technology, Telecommunications, Software and Services (CeBIT) and meet with Germany’s Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. She will be accompanied by a business delegation of around 200 people.

Brazil is the Partner Country at CeBIT 2012, in which over 4200 exhibitors from 70 countries will take part, with an expected attendance of around 350,000 people. The focus given to Brazil in the fair will create business opportunities for information technologies and communications companies. Brazil is the sixth largest market for these technologies in the world.

Presidents Dilma Rousseff’s visit to Germany will contribute to enhance the bilateral economic relationship, strengthening the innovation component and stimulating new partnerships, particularly between small and medium-sized enterprises. Germany ranks as Brazil’s fourth main trading partner. Trade exchange between both countries exceeded US$ 24 billion in 2011, an increase of 17.6% over the previous year.

Germany is one of the main partners in the “Science without Borders” program, which consolidates the potential convergence of the economic, scientific and technological fields in the bilateral relationship. By 2014, more than ten thousand Brazilian students will hold scholarships in German institutions.

President Dilma Rousseff and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will assess the strengthening of the Brazil-Germany Strategic Partnership, established in 2002. In addition to education, science, technology and innovation, areas such as sustainable development, energy and infrastructure are at the core of the bilateral cooperation.

The two leader will also address global affairs, such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the G-20 actions regarding the international financial situation and the reform of political and economic global governance institutions.


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