Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela, will be urbanized with Buenos Aires' Vila 31 favela as its model and inspiration, Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel announced.
Speaking to reporters, Witzel said the project aims to copy a model of urbanization created by the government of President Mauricio Macri that transformed one of the main slums of Buenos Aires.
The Argentine model will initially be applied to Rocinha, Brazil's largest slum and one of the largest in Latin America.
The project foresees new housing, water and sewage network, trees, squares, lighting and streets where today is a maze of crowded buildings and improvised infrastructures.
In the coming days, Brazilian engineers will go to Buenos Aires to adapt the model.
The urbanization of Rio de Janeiro's favelas based on the Argentine experience will include nine other favelas, out of 750 in Rio de Janeiro.
The governor of Rio de Janeiro visited Buenos Aires, where the largest tourism exhibition in Latin America was inaugurated. Witzel admitted that Rio de Janeiro has lost many tourists due to violence, but homicide numbers have halved since taking office in January.
Wilson Witzel also wants to deepen the cooperation between the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police and the Argentine Federal Police to prevent arms trafficking that fuels drug trafficking and militias in that Brazilian city.