Natal´s World Cup Football Stadium Approaches 75% Completion

In Natal the FIFA World Cup Stadium Arena das Dunas reaches 71.16% of completed work. Part of the superstructure has been completed and new work is being initiated, such as laying the turf for the pitch, excavation work, and the coverage, which should be completed later this month. Construction work follows pace and today it has approximately 1,800 workers, which are divided into three shifts, providing 24 hours of work every day. The Marketing Manager, Arthur Couto says that the phase of the superstructure has been completed, which corresponds to the area of heavy construction work. "We are working on the infrastructure of cables and tubes, with the installation of air conditioning and electrical and hydro installations. Engineering is not something linear, we can operate various work fronts simultaneously, in order to move forward on schedule. We are focused on finishing the work to comply with the FIFA specification. Our aim is December 2013 and which we will achieve" he said.
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Natal´s New Airport Opens for Business April 2014

On Tuesday, the superintendent of the complex administered by the Consortium Inframérica, Gomes Ibernon, met the press to show the progress of the construction work of the terminal which began in August 2012. It was announced that Natal´s new International Airport at Sao Goncalo do Amarante will start operating commercially its terminals for passengers and cargo at the beginning of April 2014.  So far R$71 million has been invested and 1,180 workers, linked to several companies contracted by the consortium, have been working on the construction of the airport. When completed, the cargo area, with 40,000m2 will be able to move the equivalent of four times the amount operated at the current airport, Augusto Severo. The passenger terminal at the new airport will receive triple the passengers that currently use the airport in Parnamirm, with a forecast of 6.12 million per year. According to Ibernon Gomes, when operations start in April 2014 this will be eight months in advance of the schedule, which had 36 months in the original plan and allowed completion only in December 2014. "The issue of the World Cup was vital to hasten the step" he said.    
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Sao Goncalo do Amarantes – New Natal Airport Update

The chairman of the Department of Roads (DER), Demetrius Torres said on Thursday 25th April that the implementation of the access to the new airport of São Gonçalo do Amarante will begin next week, nearly 20 days after the signing of the order of service by Governor Rosalba Ciarlini. Budgeted for accessing the airport from both the North and the South is R$76 million and is financed by the Caixa Economica Federal. have their delivery scheduled for May 2014. The completion of the access roads is for May 2014, a month and a few days after the Natal´s new airport becomes operational, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Government has announced RN Airport São Gonçalo do Amarante, mistakenly as the largest passenger and cargo terminal in Latin America and the seventh largest in the world, estimated to cost R$1 billion with a capacity of approximately 40 million passengers per year. In fact, the airport will have the capacity to support up to 6.5 million passengers in the first phase, but it is expected that between three to four million people will use the new airport up to the 2014 World Cup. This calculation is based on the number of passengers transiting the airport Augusto Severo, which has been increasing at a rate of 10% per year.
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Construction Starts on the Tide Barriers in Ponta Negra

Gradually, the stones that will be used to form the protection walls against the tides are arriving on Ponta Negra’s Beach. The containment works, started last Wednesday 24th of April,are necessary to prevent the erosion of the promenade, as happened in July 2012, once fixed. The works are estimated to cost R$ 4.8 million in funds from the Ministry of National Integration and follow a schedule for implementation according to tide tables, in six-hour shifts. Work began at the most critical stretch of Ponta Negra Beach. With the start of the work, Ponta Negra traders are hoping for better days. Ivanildo Pereira da Silva has worked at the beach for more than ten years and was struggling in recent months because of the poor state of the promenade which, according to him, scares away tourists. "I see that the City has a good intention and it may even improve, but the hope that this action will impede the course of nature, no one can predict. The last few months have been sad for us who work and depend on the beach as survival, because the destruction of the beach scared everyone away. I hope it to improve and we expect that in the coming months we will be  busier" he said. The work is expected to take 5 months.
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Historical Import of Construction Materials Indicates a Significant Level of Activity in the Sector

A historical movement of containers happened last weekend in Natal’s Port. On average there is usually around 25 cargo containers that arrive in the port over the weekend however, we saw an unusual arrival of 96 containers this weekend, 46 of them with porcelain brought by a single importer in the construction industry dealing with the local market. According to Ricardo Amaury, the operations manager of Natal’s Port, 70% are Chinese-made products and the rest is made in Europe. "I’ve never seen anything like the volume of containers that  arrived in our Port with CMA / CGM," he said. But in terms of physical load, the fact is that the arrival of such a large volume of cargo is new to the port, which until six years ago lived only from bulk carriers and tankers carrying pallets, wooden crates with a capacity of one ton each. For the president of the Construction Industry Union in RN, Arnaldo Junior Gaspar, the fact that so much porcelain has been imported, to target the local market and construction, indicates a significant level of activity in the sector. "It shows that there is a demand which stimulated a certain importer to invest in buying more aggressively." he added.
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Natal World Cup Stadium Over Half Way

The Secretariat of the World Cup in Natal,  Rio Grande do Norte confirmed on Wednesday that the Arena das Dunas, Cup stadium in Lagoa Nova, is already 57.39% ready for the World Cup. According to information from the state agency, the  Stadium in Natal recorded a new breakthrough in the progress, since it is about 9% ahead than predicted for the period. At the time, more than 1,800 workers finalize the settlement of stairs in the bleachers above the western sector, and they begin assembling the opposite side.
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Forum will discuss tourism in Natal

In Natal on Wednesday March 13th & 14th starts a forum of tourism, an event which brings together managers of major tourism regions of the state, as well as five national names in the industry such as  the founder of CVC and TAP’s vice president. The Forum will be held until Thursday (14) and the representatives of tourism in the state RN will discuss Nata’s fate. For the first time the „public policies on tourism: routing and regionalization" wil be discussed on the first day. On the second and final day of the event there will be lectures, discussions and presentations. Among the topics will be tourism incentive, promotion and dissemination of Natal destination in the domestic market and the post-2014 World Cup Stadium Arena das Dunas.
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Europeans want to invest in a Port in Natal

European businessmen proposed the construction of a new port in Natal, with the aim of promoting exchanges in professional and  sporting events. The meeting took place in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 12th and included the participation of municipal secretaries of Tourism, Fernando Bezerril, and Sports, Luiz Eduardo Machado Pereira. Entrepreneurs Phillipe Mata Peak, project director of the Anteagroup (Agence Rhône-Alpes Méditterranée), Sergio Azzareto, Group HFC Portugal, Jean-Marie Barbero, director and coordinator Financial Group New Marine, and Ricardo Moesch, director of MECC Solutions, reported the interest in investing in the construction of an offshore port, on the beach of Areia Preta, Natal. The same group also studies the possibility for the construction of the Estuário Port in Potengi, which would be located 500 meters from the fort Reis Magos and 50 meters from the brigde to Redinha. The Estuário Port in Potengi is now considered midsize and if the port at Areia Preta is implemented it would cater for large vessels. The project's offshore port aggregates social activities and sport tourism which is the strong point of the enterprise. On the site, the School of Civil and Sailor School should be installed. A partnership with the French Federation of sailing can ensure conditions for hosting international events in Natal’s water.   To the Secretary of Tourism of Natal Bezerril Fernando, a port generates an income and investments of R$150 million. Ricardo Moesch, the MECC group solution, considers the conversation between European entrepreneurs and state and local governments as positive in achieving the project. "It has been shown great interest in state and local public spheres. The next step is to consolidate a commitment agreement between the parties to embark actions," said the businessman.
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Jobs in Small Businesses Grow 129%

Small or micro businesses - those who bill up to a maximum of 3.6 million R$ per year - were responsible for generating 106,800 jobs with a formal contract in the state of Rio Grande do Norte between 2000 and 2011. The number of jobs increased from 82,800 to 189,600 in this period, representing a growth of approximately 129%. The segment recorded in the state an average annual growth of around 7.8% per year, the second largest in Brazil's North East Region, only behind the state of Maranhão, where the growth rate was 8.5% per year. 
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Bidding Boom Attracts Foreigner Investment

With the strong depression in the European economy and the fiscal tightness of public moneys, many foreign builders crossed The Atlantic Ocean to fight for new business in Brazil. With an eye on the long list of developments that will be auctioned in the coming years, they landed in the country with redoubled appetite and their contracts are already totalling more than R$10 billion. Until now, the most active companies are the Spanish Isolux Corsán, Acciona and Copasa.
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