The majority of tourists in Latin America are currently concentrated in specific destinations. Improving ease of travel throughout the region will be a boon for all economies.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala have agreed to create a working group to study building a railway linking the neighboring countries and boosting Internet connectivity.
Peru’s official Andina news agency quotes Rousseff as saying the nations’ ministers in charge of social programs will work more closely together.
Speaking after a one-day visit to Lima on Monday, Rousseff praised the interoceanic highway completed in 2011 that connects Brazil’s Atlantic coast with Peru’s Pacific ports as a boon to commerce and tourism.
Among economic agreements signed during Rousseff’s stop is one that eliminates cellphone roaming charges in towns along their border so all calls are charged as local.
Rousseff says the two leaders also spoke about Peru benefiting from Brazilian technology transfer and health care advances.
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Photo credit: Peru's President Ollanta Humala, right, greets Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff as she arrives at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Rousseff will also meet with the mayor during her official visit to Peru’s capital city and attend a business meeting in San Isidro. (AP Photo) AP Photo