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Manaus Grows, Fiam Grows
Fiam 2008 highlights from the Amazon, Brazil
Antonio Carlos Rix (carlosrix)     Print Article 
Published 2008-09-17 06:23 (KST)   
A final and very Brazilian farewell for the staff, promoters and workers of Fiam 2008, as well as the press, started right after the show ended last Saturday. Fiam 2008 meant five days of intense action, business, politics, reporting and academic work. Manaus was boiling.

The visitors had at their disposal 300 exhibitors distributed in 162 booths to provide products and services geared for commercial and industrial sectors, as well as institutional projects, and a wide range of products manufactured from raw materials of the Amazonian biodiversity: handicrafts, food, phytotherapy, phytocosmetics and furniture, among others.

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People from many of the other states in Brazil were in Manaus for the occasion and so were people from many other continents too. Even the president of Brazil was in Manaus and many ministers along with him. Everyone saw the motorcycles, TVs, monitors, computers, air conditioners and high-end technology of all sorts produced in Manaus as well as the forest goods and foods. During these days we were close to the art and culture of all the people of the Amazon through its music, dances and craftwork.

The numbers speak for themselves: the Business Rounds generated more than US$10 million. There were about 2,000 participants in the seminars, over 300 exhibitors from the Industrial Pole of Manaus and the states of the Brazilian Amazon, six projects with businesses closed to investors in the Hall of Projects and an estimated 100,000 visitors during the four-day event. These are some figures of the balance sheet of the fourth edition of the International Fair of the Amazon, released by the superintendent of the Manaus Free Trade Zone, Flavia Grosso, on Saturday.

Here's just one example: Eliany Gomes, the author of the project "high-performance laptop with certified wood of the Amazon" found a supplier of certified wood for the manufacture of its product. Many other entrepreneurs were also very happy with the outcomes event.

Behind all this there are the people of Manaus, who know how to welcome you and make you feel at home. Proud of their heritage they perceive very well their task, responsibility and challenge. The participation of the common citizen in the event was very large. They came, they saw and they enjoyed the moment of national and international exposure -- now more people know they are here.

All of us could see a city that does not stop growing. Everywhere you go there are buildings under construction, most of them for housing. Manus is well on its way to resuming its important role in the country, like in the past, in the time of rubber production. Check it for yourself through the pictures below.

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To adjust its calendar and take Fiam from the time span of the municipal elections, we are going to have a Fiam 2009 and from there onward revert back to its biannual mode, but on odd years so it may became even better then it is. You, my dear reader, are then already invited to come to Brazil, to Manaus, in 2009 for the next Fiam.
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