President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, during a bilateral meeting with the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Luis Arce – Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert / PR

In Kingstown, capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, during the 8th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), President Lula had a bilateral meeting with the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, on Friday (1) .

The debate addressed strategic infrastructure issues that allow greater integration of countries and Latin America. In this context, the Guajará-Mirim International Bridge, over the Mamoré River, connects the Brazilian municipality located in Rondônia with the city of Guayaramerín, in Bolivia. The work has investments of R$429.5 million through the New PAC.

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According to the Ministry of Transport, the bridge will be 1.22 kilometers long, 17.3 meters wide and expected to be completed in 36 months. It is estimated that the work will involve more than 4 thousand hires.

Another issue is the Ichilo – Mamoré waterway project, a route intended by Bolivia that passes through the Brazilian Amazon to send products to Europe more efficiently.

The presidents also discussed fertilizer production, an important issue for both economies. In January, representatives from the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to increase fertilizer production. Bolivia has vast reserves of natural gas that allow the production of nitrogen gas and Brazil has the industrial capacity and resources to allow this technical cooperation to the benefit of both.

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According to Planalto, the possibility of Petrobras prospecting for natural gas in Bolivia was also discussed, in addition to a partnership for lithium exploration. The Bolivian government has a certified lithium reserve of 23 million tons, one of the largest on the planet.


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