Brazil to be better place to live in 2022: minister

14:21, June 25, 2010      

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Brazilian Strategic Affairs Minister said on Thursday that his country will be a better place to live by 2022, the 200th anniversary of its independence.

In a radio show, Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes detailed the so-called Plan Brazil 2022, which foresees advances in several areas.

First, he said his country will be able to offer full-time education to all children ages 4 to 17, which will eliminate illiteracy and help keep youngsters from crime.

Education quality is also expected to improve and the number of college students will be doubled, reaching 10 million by then.

Guimaraes also said the number of engineers is expected to increase threefold.

"For every 1 million reais invested, you need another engineer," he said.

The Plan further foresees four new nuclear power plants to be built and the doubling of the per capita energy consumption. Brazil currently has two working nuclear power plants and one under construction.

The fulfilment of the plan requires the GDP to grow 7 percent annually by 2022. Although the GDP is expected to grow only 4.5 percent this year, Brazilians are confident about the realization of the Plan.

Source: Xinhua


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