Photo: Reuven Schwartz
Israelis to secure games?
Photo: Reuven Schwartz

Brazil seeks Israeli security in American games

Brazil's national secretary of public safety arrives in Israel to meet with 25 homeland security companies, in bid to seal deals on securing Olympic-style games

Brazil is seeking the aid of Israeli companies in providing security services for the Pan-American Games, to be held in July 2007 in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's National Secretary of Public Safety Luis Fernando Correa arrived in Israel on Sunday, and is set to meet with the representatives of 25 local companies engaged in homeland security in the coming days.


The meetings were set up by The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute and the Defense Minister.


Export Institute officials assessed Sunday that Israel companies would be able to attain at least a third of the Olympic event's security budget, which stands at USD 150 million.


The Pan American Olympic-style Games will take place in Rio between July 13-29. Some 5,500 athletes from 42 countries are set to participate in the competitions.


The Export Institute reported that the safety and security field's exports grew by 25 percent in 2005, and amounted to about USD 1 billion. The Institute estimates that exports will increase by another 15 percent in 2006 and reach USD 1.15 billion.


Story first published in Yedioth Ahronoth


פרסום ראשון: 05.15.06, 09:48
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