ICE Council has ratified a decision to forge links between the ICE and a new Brazilian engineering institution.
An Agreement of Cooperation between the ICE and the National Congregation of Engineering Organisations (CoNEPE) in Brazil was signed in December, and was presented for approval at the ICE Council meeting earlier this month.
CoNEPE was created last year and incorporates engineering institutions of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro among other major Brazilian cities states.
The cooperation agreement encourages the institutions to work together and launch joint initiatives. It also enables members of the respective institutions to use the facilities of the other when in the country.
Brazil is set for intense construction activity in the coming decade and the ICE has identified Brazil as a strategic country in which to raise its profile.
Brazil’s construction sector is entering a period of prodigous growth boosted by two major events in the next five years − the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.
Between January and September last year, 15.2% more jobs were created nationally in the Brazilian building industry.
This figure climbed even higher in some regions, with employment in the construction sector rising by 27.4% in the north east of the country.