The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, said that Argentina is one of the "strategic partners" of her country foreign policy and predicted that the axes of his visit to Buenos Aires will trade cooperation and in the area of nuclear energy and coordination in multilateral organizations.

"Argentina is one of the key players, one of the strategic elements in our foreign policy," said Rousseff in dialogue with the Brazilian press, in the city of Porto Alegre, where he opened a plant of a dam and met with Governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Tarso Genro.

The first destination of his travels outside the Brazilian president will be Buenos Aires, where he will arrive on Monday accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota; of Finance, Guido Mantega, Social Development, Tereza Campelo, Energy, Edson Lobao; Science and Technology, Aloizio Mercadante, and Development, Industry and Trade, Fernando Pimentel.

The act of choosing to Argentina as the first international destination was presented as a reaffirmation of the strategic alliance and the priority that the Planalto will continue the bilateral relationship and the region.

Rousseff in the past acknowledged that Brazil "was the back to Argentina and looking only to Europe and the United States," but today "without the expense of those countries, we must realize that our country's development necessarily involves the development of the region ".

In this regard, according to the daily Folha quoted and State, Rousseff added that "Argentina is essential for the positioning of Brazil in Latin America" and stressed that "the development of Brazil is going through the partnership with the countries of the region."

According Rousseff, the agenda of the meeting with President Cristina Kirchner will trade cooperation, coordination in international organizations such as the G20 and the common task in the area of nuclear energy.

For its part, the presidential adviser for international affairs, Marco Aurelio Garcia, said Rousseff wants to promote a new phase of productive integration with Argentina to create between the two countries the basis of a "powerful axis productive."

"We want South America is a center of this new multipolar world that is being formed," said the official told Folha.

Garcia said the idea is to accelerate the integration of production in some sectors such as automotive, where "there was some denationalization of the auto parts production, but also seek to" add value to oil and would have to develop a huge industrial paraphernalia in the region. "

Rousseff stay in Buenos Aires just 24 hours, and its bounded agenda, which led to rule out a possible visit to the Museum of Memory on the grounds of the former School of Naval Mechanics, the Brazilian president will meet in the morning alone with your hostess at Government House.

Both receive the same Casa Rosada to members of associations of Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, later to join parallel meetings of the ministerial team.

According to the schedule, each of the ministers will meet with their counterparts in Argentina, before the two presidents to sign a series of agreements, and offer a joint statement to the press.

After work activities, Rousseff will be honored by the Argentine government with a lunch of honor at the Palacio San Martín, and is expected to undertake after returning to Brazil.

Argentina is Brazil's third largest trading partner after China and the United States, while Brazil is the largest market for local production.

In 2010, Argentina had a deficit of 4,100 million dollars in the trade balance with Brazil, after having been in surplus in 2009.

The trade grew by 177.89 percent in 2010 compared to 2009 through the Local Currency System, ie, use in transactions and real dollars instead of the dollar, allowing the scale de-dollarization by 8 percent , according to Central Bank data.

Brazilian foreign trade experts believe that in 2011, with the expected increased trade, business in real dollars, without dollar may rise to 15 percent of the bilateral balance.