Govt to boost partnerships with Belgium on science, technology

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

During Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's state visit to Belgium, the two countries' governments announced plans to intensify cooperation in the areas of science and technology, federal news agency Agência Brasil reported.

Brazil has its sights on Belgian technology for strategic areas such as nuclear waste handling, satellite management and deployment, security in ports and airports, and administration of waterways.

Belgium, in turn, seeks cooperation with Brazil in light of opportunities expected from the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which the country is hosting. According to Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, his country wants to help Brazil to organize the infrastructure for the events.

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According to the report, Rousseff and Leterme met privately in Brussels for about an hour, discussing, among other topics, a proposal to boost a scholarship program for Brazilian students studying in Belgium - mainly in the fields of science, technology and innovation.