Brazil tech aid, exchanges in works

Kyodo

Japan and Brazil agreed Monday to promote exchanges between the two countries in the information and technology field as well as exchanges among young people, Japanese government officials said.

The agreement was made at a meeting between visiting national strategy minister Motohisa Furukawa and Brazilian ministers, including Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, in the Brazilian capital.

Patriota expressed hope that Japanese companies take part in Brazil’s high-speed railway project, while calling on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to participate in the 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development dubbed Rio+20 that will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June, according to the officials.

Furukawa also met with Brazil’s central bank governor, Alexandre Tombini.

Referring to the economic slowdown in Brazil, Tombini said the impact of the eurozone debt crisis on the country’s economy is limited and it is expected to recover soon as the central bank is making efforts to control inflation and pursue fiscal austerity.