Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff Visits Boston

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, left, stands in front of Gov. Deval Patrick at the State House, Tuesday. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

Dilma Rousseff, the 36th president of Brazil, was in Boston Tuesday. This is Rousseff’s only stop in the U.S. other than her meetings Monday¬†with President Obama in Washington.

Rousseff leads one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world: Brazil now has the sixth highest GDP on the planet. So why is she here?

According to Census Bureau estimates, Massachusetts has about 70,000 Brazilian Americans living here, neck-and-neck with Florida for the highest concentration in the states.

And another thing: Rousseff is returning a favor. Gov. Deval Patrick led a trade mission to Brazil in December with a delegation that included Bruce Magid, dean of the international business school at Brandeis University.

Magid, who had lunch with Rousseff at the State House Tuesday, joined Radio Boston.


  • Bruce Magid, dean of the international business school at Brandeis University

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