'The current global political and economic environment and the fact that it's the seventh largest country in terms of GDP make Brazil a key partner for Italy,' said Enel president Paolo Andrea Colombo at the Brazil: Innovation and Social Tension meeting held on 8 April in Rome by The Aspen Institute Italy, Enel and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). 'The aim now is to reduce poverty levels and eradicate misery and hunger through redistribution of wealth.'
'The political stability that the country enjoys is something that enables the Brazilian government to meet the growing expectations of its population,' added Colombo at the event, which was held in the Enel Auditorium on occasion of the release of the 64th issue of Aspenia, which is entitled Global Brazil.
Brazilian ambassador to Rome Riccardo Neiva Tavares followed the Enel president by highlighting how Brazil is a country in a process of constant change with a rapidly expanding economy.
'The “global” Brazil of today is the result of its presence in important areas like the G20 and BRICS,' said vice-president of ISPI Paolo Magri. 'The country has doubled its trade with Africa, and has strung a series of successes together, including the hosting of the World Cup and Olympics.'
Enel's director of External Relations Gianluca Comin spoke about energy issues in the country, saying that 'Brazil is very interesting for business, especially for hydropower energy production, which makes it one of the greenest countries in the world'.
'There is also a growing interest from foreign business thanks to natural gas, wind power and solar power,' added Comin. 'Enel has brought its expertise to the Brazil, as can be seen in the smart city of Buzios. Brazil links us to the rest of South America.'
Antonio Tajani, vice president of the European Commission, was entrusted with the concluding remarks, stressing that 'after years of low interest in Latin America Europe has realised just how important it is to have a dialogue with that part of the world'.