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The capital steps toward green industries

Article - December 5, 2011
Brasília is actively promoting environmentally-friendly investments
ANTONIO ROCHA DA SILVA, PRESIDENT OF FIBRA
Planning for the future now, Brasilia is promoting economic development in a sustainable way. Aware of the importance of environmental issues, the Federation of Industries of the Federal District of Brazil (FIBRA) is constantly looking for ways to integrate economy and ecology.

Since its creation 37 years ago, FIBRA has acted as one of the main driving forces behind the economic and social development of the Brazilian capital, and is committed to implementing environmentally friendly practices to industries.
FIBRA is currently focused on its important role in the development of a digital technological park, Parque Tecnológico Capital Digital (PTCD), Federal District’s most important economic project yet. PTCD is sure to place Brazil in the eye of global scientific and technological innovation and FIBRA will ensure competitiveness is maintained, always in an environmentally sustainable manner.

This project is expected to create 80,000 new jobs and generate exports of information technology and communication products worth US$100 million per year, raising US$1 billion in investments and increasing revenues in this sector from the current US$2.5 billion to US$5 billion by 2014.

FIBRA leads the industrial class of the Distrito Federal, seeking growth while maintaining a level of competitiveness. It has the participation of 10 industrial Unions which together represent 10.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Distrito Federal. The goal is to reach 2014 with a share of 14 percent.

Three branches make up FIBRA’s main structure. Serviço Social da (SESI/DF) heads social responsibility and promotes education, health, sports and culture. Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial (SENAI/DF) is responsible for professional training among the local work force. The third, Instituto Euvaldo Lodi (IEL/DF), is responsible for developing relations between universities and industries.

“In 2010 we trained more than 11,000 students, skilled in all industrial sectors and who are all already working,” says Antonio Rocha da Silva, President of FIBRA.
Furthermore, FIBRA works on missions abroad and promotes the meeting of business delegations at the Federation.”The major innovation industries are from the United States. What I consider important is that these American entrepreneurs have an opportunity to establish their companies here in the Federal District,” explains Antonio Rocha.

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