The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), announced its support for Rio de Janeiro’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at a lunch it hosted Wednesday for Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes.
During the launch Joao Cesa Lima, President of the Rio de Janeiro branch of AmCham, declared his support.
AmCham Brasil, the second largest U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the world outside the United States, was founded in 1919 and has about 5,400 partners including small, medium and large companies.
Lima said, “we will make the most of the opportunity to collaborate with the Rio 2016 bid committee and all levels of government to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Rio in 2016. We plan to adopt the bid’s logo to demonstrate our organization’s engagement, creating synergies with the project and promoting the Olympic Movement in Rio. Furthermore, we will encourage our associates to come forward and express their support for the campaign in the coming months”.
Carlos Roberto Osorio, Secretary General of Rio 2016, reiterated the importance of the American Chamber of Commerce’s support during this final stage of the campaign. He said, “the strong support demonstrated by AmCham’s members further illustrates the seriousness of the Rio 2016 project and the commitment of stakeholders across the city and the country. They know that hosting the Games will transform the city and Brazilian sport for generations to come”.