Brazilian President Michel Temer announced the construction of another 50 thousand housing units as part of the Minha Casa, Minha Vida affordable housing program this year. The announcement was made yesterday (May 16) during the 90th National Construction Industry Meeting, in Florianópolis, capital city of the southern state of Santa Catarina. In his address, Temer, who was accompanied by the Cities Minister Alexandre Baldy, said he could not come to the event “empty-handed.”
“Minister Baldy and I were having a meeting at my office early this morning. We came to the conclusion that we couldn’t come empty-handed. We had to come up here and say that, in addition to the thousands of houses set for construction, this morning I gave permission for another 50 thousand to be built this year.”
Temer celebrated the jobs to be created following the move and also praised the sector of construction, stressing its key role in the country’s economic growth. “In the efforts to build a more just and prosperous Brazil, construction is an indispensable ally.”
After the ceremony, the president flew back to Brasília, where he is to meet with Minister Baldy again this morning (17) at the Planalto Palace, seat of the Brazilian government. In the afternoon, the president is expected to visit an exhibit on the country’s participation in the Second World War, also at the Planalto Palace.