Prime Minister heads to Brazil to drum up business for 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics
Thursday, 27 September 2012
September 27 - Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Brazil for a visit, which will include a stop-over in Rio de Janeiro, as British business attempts to cash in on the success of London 2012 by winning contracts linked to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
He is leading 40-strong business delegation, along with Trade Minister Lord Green, that arrived in Brazil's commercial capital Sao Paulo today.
The party are due to travel to Rio tomorrow where the Olympics and Paralympics is certain to be top of the agenda.
Among the companies that are part of Cameron's delegation are British Airways, BT and Deloitte, who were all sponsors of London 2012.
"This visit is about British jobs, British growth and the British economy, because I want Britain to be tied up to the fastest growing economies on the planet," said Cameron.
"Brazil is now a top six economy and this visit is about safeguarding and creating 3,000 jobs back at home."
Cameron travelled to Brazil from New York, where he had appeared last night on The Late Show with David Letterman in which he raised applause from the audience when he hailed the successful hosting of the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.
"We think we put on a good show," he told Letterman.
"'We are incredibly proud of what happened."
Cameron said he was particularly pleased with the success of the Paralympics.
"There were no empty seats in the [Olympic] Stadium," he said.
"I think the message about disability the world over showed what disabled people can do as opposed to what they can't do.
"It was very very powerful."