While taking stock of her visit to China, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff vowed to bring tablet computing to the masses.
During her weekly radio show Café com a Presidenta, Dilma said the visit was “very fruitful”, as it attracted China to industries other than agriculture and raw materials, as well as agreements around collective working in areas such as science and technology. It also prompted several deals, such as the potential $18bn investment of Apple manufacturer Foxconn in Brazil.
Commenting on the opportunities that Foxconn’s investment may bring, Dilma said the journey ahead “will not be easy.”
“We will have a lot of work ahead, we will have to train Brazilians to work in this area of information technology. But one thing is certain: companies are not coming here by accident. Last year, Brazil was the world’s third largest country in terms of computers sold, and that means a big potential market,” the president said.
Dilma added that the move towards tablet manufacturing will lower costs and will make them more accessible to consumers.
“We will popularize these devices. We want any citizen to be able to afford them,” she concluded.
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