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April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As
Dilma Rousseff and
Susan Hockfield met this week in
Cambridge, MA, "a new, strategic alliance may be in the making," said
Mario Garnero, Chairman of Brasilinvest,
Brazil's foremost merchant bank. Garnero considers the emphasis on science and innovation President Rousseff so strongly stressed during his official visit to
the United States this week "a milestone in
Brazil's political discourse towards a more tech-intensive society."
Garnero added that "
Brazil has a lot to learn from
MIT's professors and textbooks - and even more from the way
MIT has been able over the years to be a truly generator of disruptive technologies, global brands and wealth."
MIT has partnered with Brasilinvest in promoting conferences on
Latin America's development strategies. In its 2012 edition held last March at
Sloan School of Business, Garnero seized the opportunity to launch the "Campinas, Technology Capital of BRICS" Project.
Campinas, about an hour drive from
Sao Paulo, is home to some of
Brazil's more important R&D centers, knowledge-intensive industries and universities. It has been officially declared a "Global Hub of Innovation" by the United Nations Development Program 2001 Report. "Campinas ranks high in the so-called 'Technology Achievement Index' proposed by Nobel Prize Laureate Amartya Sen," Garnero indicates.
An accomplished innovator himself - Garnero is a widely acclaimed pioneer of biofuels, mobile phones and computers in
Brazil -, the Chairman of Brasilinvest believes there is an additional value-added benefit in the relationship with
MIT. "It is not only about the hard sciences, math and technology. It is especially about management. And in today's world management comes before capital. That is also why
MIT is such an inspiration for
Brazil's current innovation drive," he highlighted in his keynote opening speech at the MIT XV Latin America Conference.
Anamelia Meirellesforumamericas@forumamericas.org.brT: +55-11-3094-7984
SOURCE Forum das Americas