<<October 28, 1999>>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D. <rrodrigues@paho.org>

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Dear Alex:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

I included their bio's in your draft proposal of the pilot project for
the South American region at

Dear Marco:

(2) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II).

Pls visit the above web site. Pls feel free to send your additional
write-up or comments to Alex, -- referring to your msg.

(3) Many thanks also for your introduction of our Global University System
project to UNAMAZ people.

Dear Alex and Marco:

(4) During our Strategic Mtg on Fund Raising held at Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) in D.C. on 10/18th, Bob Rodrigues kindly offered his
conference rooms for our follow-up workshop/conference to our Tampere

This is a similar one as the Tokyo workshop for the Asia/Pacific
group in next April (or May).

This event at the PAHO is to be held in early October (or November) of
2000, and to brainstorm on the feasibility study, action plan and
institutionalization of the South American group activities.

David Johnson also kindly agreed to make his University of
Tennessee/Knoxville (UTK) as the counterpart to your South American
group activities, and to be the grantee for the fund raising of the
event at the PAHO.

(5) David and Robert also suggested that we should have a small workshop in
conjunction with the UNAMAZ's conference in Bogota, Colombia next
February to prepare the event at the PAHO.

This is a similar mini workshop of our European group which is to
be held at the Open University next spring for their follow-up
workshop/conference in Lviv, Ukraine in the spring of 2001.

(a) This workshop is;

1. to introduce our Global University System and your South
American regional project to UNAMAZ people,
2. to prepare for the event at the PAHO,
3. to have a small demonstration videoconferencing.

(b) The proposed attendees would be;

1. Alex Rivas,
2. Marco Antonio Dias (confirmed),
3. Tapio Varis,
4. David Johnson,
5. Tak Utsumi,
6. Bob Rodrigues (confirmed),
7. Bob's colleagues in education field (confirmed).

David and Bob is now working on their proposal for this mini workshop in
Bogota, and will be sent to Alex for his forwarding to UNAMAZ. David
and I will work to get our travel funds from NSF.

Dear Alex:

Pls find out the exact dates of the conference in Bogota from
Professor Seixas Louren·o, emeritus president of UNAMAZ, and
inform it to David.

Best, Tak

From: "Alex Rivas" <alex_mau@argo.com.br>
To: <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Cc: "Marco Antonio Dias" <mardias@club-internet.fr>
Subject: Vitae
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 20:07:04 -0200

Dr. Utsumi,

Here are the vitas. As of now, I have not received Lincoln's vitae because he
is out of town (I wrote down something though). I hope this finish this part.

I read the rest of the proposal and agree with the changes.



Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 10:01:58 +0200
From: Marco Antonio Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org, Tapio Varis <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Dear Dr. Utsumi and Tapio Varis,

Attached, you can find a copy of my "plan of action" for this year. It is
written in French, but there is no problem of understanding.

You will understand why I had doubts in Tampere about the kind and generous
proposal you adressed to me during the Tampere meeting. I just came back olnce
again from Brazil and tomorrow I am going to Cincinatti to open another
international conference, in which there will be representatives from more
than 30 countries. Today, I am invited for discussion with experts in charge
of an external evaluation of UNESCO's UNITWIN programme.

During my trip to Brazil, I benefited from a journey travel and read the
majority of long messages from Dr. Utsumi. Next week, when I come back I
intend to adress you a note with some comments and proposals. I intend also to
discuss with you what real contribution I can give to your extraordinary
project. Please, be patient until next week.

For the moment, I would like to tell you that during my permanence in Brasilia
last week where I opened a forum of Brazilian Rectors Conference, I had
important and useful contacts to the project in Latin America and in
particular in Amazonia. Alex Rivas with whom I had two long discussions by
telephone will probably tell you about this.

In synthesis, the main discussions took place with Professor Seixas Louren·o,
emmeritus president of UNAMAZ, withe one of the vgice-presidents of this
organization and with his secretary-general. Concrete measures are being taken
and were reinforced to restructure UNAMAZ, a general conference will take
p;lace in Columbia next February, a new president will be elected and the
plans of the organization rfevised. There is a great motivation amongt the
participants in the eight Amazonian countries. I am invited to make one of the
key speeches in this meeting. I decided to reduce my participations in
meetings next year, but I did accept this invitation for evident reasons.

Dr. Seixas Louren·o and others are very interested in the proposed Global
University System Structure, he is directly linked with the minister in charge
of Science and Technology in Brazil and he will meet Alex Rivas in Manaus very
soon to discuss this subject and the participation of UNAMAZ in it. I don't
think there is need of more details at this moment, but I am convinced that
there are good prospects. Conceptually, UNAMAZ projects are always based in
principles I exposed in my paper presented in Tampere.

One detail, Tapio, is that Nokia established a strong partnership with
Gradiente, one traditional and powerfull Brazilian company in the field of
production of equipements for telecommunications. Its legal basis is S o
Paulo, I think, but the most important factory is in Manaus. Normally, Nokia
should be inerested in a concrete action (with clear multiplier effect) in the
eight Amazonian countries.

Best wishes and we will discuss next week.

Marco Antonio
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