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Quebec Trade Mission to Brazil Focusing on Security

Quebec’s Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade selected Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) to be part of a trade mission to Brazil, August 29 through September 2, 2011. The Ministry will underwrite some of CTTA’s expenses and arrange meetings while in Brazil.

According to CTTA, they provide:

CTTA offers specialized programs such as: Executive Protection, Investigation and Surveillance, Rapid Integrated Survival Kombat (RISK) System, Tactical Firearms, Handcuffing, Airport and Airline Security (IATA and ICAO standards), Ports Facilities and Maritime Security (ISPS Code), Basic SWAT Techniques, Corporate Safety Awareness, and much more.

These look to be exactly the sort of training needed to deal with Brazil’s internal security challenges.

In a press release, Mr Angelo Marino, Vice President of Operations of CTTA, commented, “We are very pleased to have been selected by the Ministry to be part of this important Trade Mission. This recognition is a confirmation that CTTA is on the right track. Brazil is the place to be for our industry because of the World Cup and Olympics which will be hosted during the next few years. Also, we already have a partnership in Brazil with MAF Protection Control Risks Group, headquartered in Sao Paulo. “

What Mr Marino is talking about is that over the next five years, Brazil is host to several international events.

– Annual Brazilian Grand Prix, is part of the Formula One world Championship
– FIFA World Cup (of Soccer) in 12 Brazilian cities
– 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is one of the so-called “BRICs” (Brazil, Russia, India, China) which are experiencing advanced economic development. It is an emerging market (7th largest economy by GDP) with notable security challenges. For example, Brazil is in the top 20 countries of intentional homicide rates and has continued problems with organized gang violence directed at security services. Based on the number of upcoming opportunities and the Brazilian desire to deal with security issues, it is surprising that more American firms are not reaching out to Brazil.

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