ASUNCION – Paraguay and Brazil seek to increase their paths to integration with four new bridges distributed along their mutual border, Public Works and Communications Minister Ramon Jimenez Gaona told the media on Friday after a recent visit to Brasilia.
The minister met this week in Brazil with the head of Transport, Valter Silveira, and other authorities to whom he delivered Paraguay’s proposals for these works of infrastructure.
Among the proposed bridges is one that will connect the towns of Presidente Franco in Paraguay with Brazil’s Porto Meira, a work that Brazil is committed to financing but that hasn’t been executed yet, since it won’t make it into the Brazilian budget until 2019.
“So we can expect that this construction will get started next year,” added Jimenez Gaona.
He said that another bridge whose construction will soon begin will join San Lazaro in Concepcion province with the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso del Sur, a construction of some 200 meters (650 feet) that Paraguay proposes to finance entirely
Also taking part in the Brasilia meeting was Brazil’s Mines and Energies Minister Moreira Franco, with whom Gaona conversed about the possibility of another bridge of some 500 meters between the towns of Hernandarias in Paraguay and Foz do Iguazu in Brazil.
With regard to the last bridge, the one that will connect the towns of Carmelo Peralta in Paraguay and Porto Murtinho in Brazil, Gaona said that bridge is necessary and complementary to the Bi-Oceanic Corridor that will connect Chile’s deep-water ports with Brazil’s Atlantic ports across Central Chaco.
Paraguay plans to invest some $70 million in three of the four ports.
These works of infrastructure will be added to the “Bridge of Friendship” built more than 50 years ago and that joins Ciudad del Este, Paraguay’s second largest city, with Foz de Iguazu in the Brazilian state of Parana.