South African businessman Elon Musk participated this Friday morning (20) in a meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), in the interior of São Paulo, to discuss connectivity projects for the Amazon. The event took place at the Fasano Boa Vista hotel, in Porto Feliz.
During the meeting, the billionaire and Tesla CEO posted on social media. On Twitter, he announced that he will bring internet to connect regions without coverage in the Amazon: “Super excited to be in Brazil for the launch of Starlink for 19 thousand disconnected schools in rural areas and environmental monitoring of the Amazon!”
Super excited to be in Brazil for launch of Starlink for 19,000 unconnected schools in rural areas & environmental monitoring of Amazon! 🇺🇸 🌳 🛰 ♥️
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
Musk announced the project that aims to connect up to 19,000 schools in rural areas in the Amazon. Understand the details of the announcement and how Musk will use the SpaceX arm to connect the Amazon .
Bolsonaro also spoke about the Amazon and thanked the billionaire: “We count on Musk so that the Amazon is known by everyone, in Brazil and in the world. Show the exuberance of this region, how it is preserved by us and how much harm causes to us those who spread lies about this region”.
The Minister of Communications, Fábio Faria, published on Twitter the arrival of Musk. “Since we are going to connect the Amazon, we have brought in one of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world to help us in this mission. We accept the challenge and go all the way!”, he wrote, before thanking him for the visit.
No one expected this! 🇺🇸
Since we are going to connect the Amazon, we brought in one of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world to help us in this mission. We accept the challenge and go to the end! Thank you, @elonmusk, for the visit. Let’s do this!!! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/AOXUPp5f9s
— Fábio Faria 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 (@fabiofaria) May 20, 2022
The plane that brought Musk to Brazil landed around 9 am in Itu.
In addition to Bolsonaro and Faria, other ministers and businessmen followed the event. On social media, Fábio Faria posted some names. “This Friday, the Ministry of Communications will hold an event on the Amazon, which will be attended by President Jair Bolsonaro and ministers Ciro Nogueira, General Heleno, Paulo Sérgio and Carlos França.”
+ preservation 🇺🇸
— Fábio Faria 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 (@fabiofaria) May 19, 2022
The Minister of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira, also posted on social media about Bolsonaro’s meeting with Musk. “At the invitation of Minister Fábio Faria, businessman Elon Musk, from Tesla, is in Brazil. The search for technology projects in favor of Brazilians is what moves the minister, who once again at the forefront promotes a fruitful meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro, in which I will be present”.
He is in Brazil, at the invitation of min. @fabiofariathe entrepreneur @elonmusk, from Tesla. The search for technology projects in favor of Brazilians is what moves the minister, who once again at the forefront promotes a fruitful meeting with the president @jairbolsonaroin which I will be present
— Ciro Nogueira (@ciro_nogueira) May 20, 2022
On April 25, Musk announced the purchase of Twitter for $44 billion. However, last Friday (13), he suspended negotiations with the social network.
Moments later, the businessman claimed to maintain his commitment to the agreement. According to the billionaire, there was the interruption “to await pending details that support the calculation that spam/fake accounts actually represent less than 5% of users”.
Communications Minister Fábio Faria told CNN that he is putting his chips in the end of the ban on Twitter users, following Musk’s offer.
“With him, no one will be banned,” said Faria. The politician said he still does not believe that the negotiation will impact the elections in Brazil.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO declared that he would reverse former US President Donald Trump’s ban on the application. The comment was made on May 10 during a speech at a Financial Times conference on the future of cars.
With information from Leandro Magalhães, Vianey Bentes and Douglas Porto. Published by André Rigue.
Source: CNN Brasil