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Globalization - Fri Jan 30 2009
Source: Diario do Pará
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Translated by: Marcela Hernández - ICAE

Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will present a proposal to tackle the effects of the global financial crisis at the World Social Forum in Belém.

Lula has to propose that neighboring countries join efforts against the crisis

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will have to submit, to the heads of state from neighboring countries, a proposal for the adoption of measures to stimulate job creation, income generation and encourage consumption as an alternative to the effects of international financial crisis. Lula will present his proposal during the debates at World Social Forum (WSF).

The spokesman of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Baubamch said yesterday that Lula will defend an alternative to generate employment and income that must be also based on a sustainable environment. Upon discussing the crisis issue, the President recalled the importance of working with African countries.

This afternoon, Lula and the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, Bolivia, Evo Morales, of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, and Ecuador, Rafael Correa, will participate in the seminar. In the Brazilian delegation there are 13 Ministers, including Minister Dilma Rousseff (Casa Civil).

However, the spokesman explained that Lula's decision to participate in the World Social Forum instead of attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, owes to the fact that the forum is taking place in Brazil.

INVESTING - Minister Luiz Dulci (Secretary General of the Presidency) confirmed last week that the federal government invested R $ 77,591,887 in a number of improvements in the state of Pará. Official investments of the federal government and a strong government participation at WSF will not avoid the demands related to the effects of the economic crisis in Brazil, in particular, with reference to the unemployment rates.

In addition to the attacks from social movements and trade unions, the government should also receive criticism from the MST (the Landless Rural Workers Movement).

The movement did not invite Lula to the meeting on Thursday with the other presidents who will be at WSF to discuss Alba (the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas). To reduce and alleviate discomfort, the presidents extended the invitation to Lula, who did not confirm his participation.

Lula arrived in Belem today. Trade unions and social movements that are demanding more "concrete" actions of Planalto against dismissals, made a rally. The Conlutas, PSol and PSTU unions will organize a series of activities to discuss the defense of employment.

On Friday morning, Lula will meet about 80 members of the International Forum. He will introduce the Minister Dilma Rousseff, the likely candidate for the presidency in 2010.


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