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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)

BOSTON — 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.

Guests:

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

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