Israel is setting its sights on participating in the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil, but if not on the field then at least in the security arena.
Valdinho Jacinto Caetano, Brazil's chief of security for major events, will be in Tel Aviv next week to attend the 2nd International Homeland Security Conference.
According to Caetano, $650 million has been budgeted for security at the games, with an additional $270 million for the security budget.
He says Israeli companies can expect to enjoy an advantage from their reputation, but that decisions on rewarding security contracts will be based on product quality and price.
The 2014 quadrennial World Cup soccer championship matches will be spread out among a dozen Brazilian cities. Tenders for security equipment will begin at the end of this year and continue into 2014, according to Caetano.
Although some of the tenders will be limited to local companies, others will be international or open to joint participation between local and foreign firms.
"The process of signing a protocol for Israel and Brazil sharing security intelligence is underway," said Caetano. The purpose is to receive early warning of any planned attacks during the World Cup and reinforce personal security for anyone who might be targeted.
Responsibility on host country
The homeland security conference is being hosted by the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, in partnership with the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Public Security Ministry, the Home Front Defense Ministry and the Ashdod Port. It will be held at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds and feature cyber (computer network ) security, smart cities and civilian security programs, protection of critical infrastructure installations, and preparedness for emergency situations.
International Olympic Committee member Alex Gilady, who will also be attending the conference, said: "Since the Munich Olympics in 1972, the IOC has made security its first, second and third priority." Gilady emphasized that overall responsibility for security falls on the host country.
The Israel Export Institute points out that Brazil is expected to spend about $3 billion on a wide range of security projects for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
These projects include an upgrade of airport security systems; security at the stadiums, Olympic village, transportation services and public areas; and internal security forces dealing with anti-terrorism, serious crimes and public order.
By comparison, 553 million pounds were devoted to security for the London Games this past summer, out of a total 12 billion pounds spent on the event.
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