Photo: Dilma Rousseff and Prince Felipe of Spain
Already making a reputation for punctuality, the new president of Brazil arrived 15 minutes early to her meeting with Prince Felipe of Spain, her first meeting with a foreign leader—which should have been the second, but Hugo Chávez left the country after her inauguration, missing the scheduled appointment, and not providing explanations.
The Prince and Rouseff spoke for nearly 40 minutes. For the most part, Rouseff invited the Royal to encourage Spain’s enterprises to invest in the South American nation. Brazil is preparing to develop it’s infrastructure necessary for both the 2014 Soccer World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Prince was very satisfied with the meeting, saying he was impressed with the drive of the new president of Brazi, as well as with her promise of promoting in schools the mandatory teaching of Spanish, to turn the country Bilingüal.
There is already in effect a law in Brazil requiring that public schools offer Spanish lessons, but the lack of teachers and resources has delayed its implementation.
Prince Felipe had the chance to meet with various Spanish expatriates in Brazil before his return to Madrid.