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Opportunities Abound in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Architectural Services Trade Mission Host City

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

Have you been looking to increase your international presence? Well, the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Commerce are offering to help you take center stage.  The U.S. Architectural Services Trade Mission to Brazil from October 6-10 is an opportunity for you to expand your practice to Brazil as the country grows into a global power. The mission’s first stop, Rio de Janeiro, is the cosmopolitan capital city of the country’s Rio de Janeiro state, and will soon become the focus of international attention from sports fans and businesses alike. 

Rio, the third largest metropolitan area in South America, will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. As the country readies for increased international visitors and business, the government is investing $50 billion in airport renovations, sports facilities, infrastructure, and more. There is significant demand for transportation facilities as the city prepares its weak infrastructure for foreign visitors.  Port and airport facilities are also seeing significant investments. This autumn, the airport is expected to be privatized, which will create numerous opportunities for you to work with the winning concession. In addition to this, offshore oil discoveries are attracting even more foreign investment to the city.

In addition to Rio de Janeiro, the mission will include a visit to Recife, a thriving port city in the northeast. There will be market briefings, meetings with government and industry officials, matchmaking meetings, and other opportunities for networking, which will help your firm have the competitive advantage when going global.

Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than August 9, 2013. Click here for the application. For more information, visit AIA's U.S. Architectural Services Trade Mission to Brazil or its Federal Register listing.

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