The Municipality of Florianópolis and EMBARQ Brazil signed an agreement of technical, financial, economic, social and environmental cooperation on the afternoon of Thursday, September 25th. The act was formalized between Mayor Cesar Souza Junior and the Director of Strategic Development & Relations for EMBARQ Brazil, Rejane Fernandes, with the consent of the ambassador of Great Britain in the country, Alex Ellis.
The British Embassy is sponsoring studies qualifying urban mobility projects for Florianópolis, to be federally funded through the Acceleration Program for Growth (PAC). The surveys are already being conducted by EMBARQ Brazil.
"We think we should focus more on the city and also on the state," said Ambassador Ellis. The Ambassador was accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Great Britain to Santa Catarina, Mike Delanei. The current Director of Strategic Development & Relations for EMBARQ Brazil, Rejane Fernandes, commented that he believes that "Florianópolis deserves much better transportation than it has." Daniely Votto, Manager of Strategic Relations for EMBARQ Brazil, also attended the meeting.
The Mayor noted the potential opportunity for Florianópolis especially in the areas of technology and innovation, pointed out by the ambassador as one of the benefits of the partnership with Britain. He cited the existence of Sapiens Park, located in Cachoeira do Bom Jesus, and the fact that the region recently experienced an economic boom and has special tax treatment. "It could be a very interesting gateway to Brazil," said Cesar Souza Junior.
The Ambassador was also interested in how the Florianópolis public service department handles tourism seasonality. Expertise in this issue, acquired during the London Olympics in 2012, for example, should be passed through the partnership with Brazil. According to the Secretary for Public Works, Dominic Zancanaro, the goal is to improve accessibility, road safety and public safety; the quality of public spaces and health and also reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases.
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Original article, originally published in Portuguese, here.
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