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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brazil to Tout Roads, Gas at Summit

BloombergWorkers building an Embraer E170-190, which Paranhos wants Russia to buy, at a manufacturing plant in Brazil.

Brazil will tout opportunities for Russian companies to build roads, pump gas and make satellite navigation devices when President Dmitry Medvedev travels there for a summit of the four leading emerging economies next week, a Brazilian diplomat said Tuesday.

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China, the countries that are often collectively referred to as BRIC, will meet for a second time in an effort to boost cooperation in such areas as economy and security, said Brazil's ambassador to Russia, Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos.

“The summit aims to transfer relations from empty rhetoric to definite, concrete areas of cooperation,” he said at a news conference.

The countries began looking for closer ties as a group in June when the first high-level BRIC meeting took place in Yekaterinburg, aiming to gain a louder voice in international economic matters and develop mutual trade. The group said commodity exporters Russia and Brazil compliment the growing appetite for natural resources from China and India.

When Medvedev lands in Brasilia for a two-day visit on April 15, Brazilian officials will tell him about opportunities for Russian companies to bid on government construction contracts to upgrade Brazil's ports, railroads and highways, Paranhos said. Brazil on Monday announced new $880 billion spending through 2016 on a second phase of the Growth Acceleration Program.

Brazil will seek to gain Russia's permission for the sales of the Embraer passenger jets that have more than 100 seats, Paranhos said. The Brazilian aircraft, E-Jet 190 and E-Jet 195, would compete with the Sukhoi Superjet 100, Russia's pet project to produce its own airliner of the same capacity.

“We are interested in Russia's certification for our jets of 100 seats and more,” Paranhos said. “It's a serious priority for us because Brazil intends to compete on the Russian market.”

Embraer spokesman Stephane Guilbaud denied the company has made attempts or is planning to apply for certification in Russia or the other former Soviet republics, grouped into the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The company received certification for its smaller planes to be on sale in the CIS, including in Russia, in 2008.

Brazil may want to secure high-level support for a bid to clear away potential bureaucratic setbacks before it applies to the Interstate Aviation Committee — the CIS air-traffic authority — for permission to sell other models of aircraft in Russia, said Alexei Komarov, the editor of Aviatransportnoye Obozrenie, an industry journal.

“Officials, for instance, could say that the papers have the wrong font,” he said. “They might close their eyes on this, or they might not.”

Calls to the Interstate Aviation Committee were referred to the aircraft registry department's chairman, Vladimir Bespalov, who was out of his office Tuesday evening.

Paranhos said Brazil would also like its national energy company Petrobras to learn gas production techniques from Gazprom. In another potential area of cooperation, Brazil is interested in setting up joint ventures that would produce navigation devices that can use both Russia's GLONASS and the U.S. GPS satellites, he said.