MOSCOW OFFICIAL

Moscow - Rio de Janeiro: impetus for active cooperation

A delegation from Rio de Janeiro, headed up by Mayor Marcelo Crivella, came to Moscow on an official visit.

A meeting between Marcelo Crivella and Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin was the highlight of the delegation’s three-day visit in the Russian capital. During the meeting, the two parties signed a cooperation program between the Government of Moscow and the Government of Rio de Janeiro for 2017-2019. The document provides for active cooperation across all active areas of development: the economy, construction, education, culture, healthcare, and tourism.

During the meeting, the Mayor of Moscow pointed out that Brazil is Moscow’s key partner in Latin America. “I think the cooperation program between our cities will serve as a serious push for the development of economic ties,” Sergey Sobyanin, and offered his colleagues to hold Moscow Days in Rio de Janeiro.

In turn, Marcelo Crivella thanked the Moscow government for their hospitality and talked about the city’s parks and the number of video cameras throughout the Russian capital. “I am sure that Moscow’s experience can help with Rio de Janeiro’s development,” he said.

The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro was receptive to holding Moscow Days in his city. “Organizing Moscow Days in Rio de Janeiro would be a dream come true for us. All of our ministers and government institutions will help you hold this event,” Marcelo Crivella said, “We have a lot in common and, of course, there is progress in store for our relations. You will be very well received in our city.”

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin, Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Maksim Liksutov, and Head of the Moscow Department for External Economic and International Relations (DVMS) Sergey Cheremin.

The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro was truly impressed by Moscow during his visit. The delegation’s program was set up in a way to let the city’s guests from Brazil see what is being created and built in the city, to find out how different organizations in the city function.

Not a single meeting was routine. Marcelo Crivella and other members of the delegation took an active interest in everything they saw, asked a lot of questions, and demonstrated interest in every subject. This came as a pleasant surprise when the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro attended one of his first meetings in Moscow during a visit to the VTB Arena Park on Leningradsky Prospect, which encompasses commercial and entertainment facilities, residential buildings, and the Dinamo Stadium. It might seem that the mayor of a city that houses the legendary Maracana Stadium wouldn’t be impressed with the construction of Dinamo. Nonetheless, he was genuinely curious about the project. For example, he asked a lot of questions about the width of the football field and the quality of the soil, the roof and supporting structures, and even the bolts that are used to hold the structure together. It turned out that Marcelo Crivella has an engineering degree.

“Incredible, amazing,” the Mayor kept exclaiming while examining the complex, “Everybody who comes here is in for a surprise.” The stadium is scheduled to open its doors in the spring of next year. Why not hold a match between Moscow’s Dinamo team and a Brazilian football team in honor of the occasion? The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro seemed to like the idea. Perhaps the Mayor’s favorite team, Botafogo, can come to play for the opening game.

The next day started with a visit to Moscow City, Moscow’s international business center. Instead of taking a car, the delegation opted to take a ride on the Moscow Central Circle. The Brazilians got on the train at Ploshchad Gagarina, on Leninsky prospect. Roman Latypov, First Deputy Head for Strategic Development and Customer Management, came with the delegation to explain how the Moscow metro functions and talk about the Central Circle line.

After getting to Moscow City, the guests headed to the top of Imperia business center, which offers a truly breathtaking view of the Russian capital. The weather was sunny and clear, so the delegation could see the Kremlin, Luzhniki, the Ostankino Tower, the Moscow State University building. The view was so great that the guests spent the first few minutes taking pictures. The roof also has a great view of other buildings in Moscow City, including the tallest skyscraper in Europe - The Federation Tower, which stands 374 meters tall.

After coming back down, members of the Rio de Janeiro delegation headed to the Moscow Government Center of Traffic Organization, located on 2nd Lesnoy Pereulok. There, the guests learned about the city’s traffic setup, which accommodates 3.5 million vehicles a day. Traffic is regulated by 2,500 traffic lights, 1,600 of which are self-organizing traffic lights. When traffic lights break, they are fixed within 1.5 hours. The Brazilians were most impressed by the fact that there are 140,000 surveillance cameras in Moscow, 5,000 of which monitor traffic flow around the clock. In the first three months of 2017, over 4 million traffic tickets were issued in Moscow. The city budget is expected to receive an injection of about $22 billion from traffic tickets this year. But most importantly, the number of fatal car accidents in Moscow has declined over the past ten year, even though traffic volumes have increased.

In addition to the business part of the visit, which included the above-mentioned events and meetings with Moscow businessmen, the guests had a chance to relax and learn about the city’s cultural life. Among other things, they visited the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, where they enjoyed a ballet called “Esmeralda,” and went on a boat tour of the Moscow River.

 

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