After Brasilia hosted the first operation planning meeting for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on Tuesday, it was the turn of Rio de Janeiro, the venue for the event’s grand finale, to stage the second one on Wednesday 13 March. The aim of meeting was to align and integrate the strategies of the operational stakeholders at the six tournament venues of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

“With the FIFA Confederations Cup drawing ever nearer, we really feel it in the air,” said Ricardo Trade, the CEO of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC). “We’ll continue working in an extremely integrated manner, just as we have been doing.

"This aspiration is very important and involves every area, while always working together with the host cities, the stadiums and the federal bodies. We had a very productive meeting in Brasilia and continued in that vein here in Rio de Janeiro, and now we’ll move on to the other host cities,” the CEO added.

The meeting, organised by the Brazilian Ministry of Sport in conjunction with the LOC and the host city Rio de Janeiro, discussed operational issues in areas such as security, ticket collection and checking procedures, airports, transport and mobility, tourist reception and accommodation, telecommunications, energy, sanitation monitoring, health, culture, the environment, communication and the volunteer programme.

“The Confederations Cup plays a fundamental part in assessing the challenges and solutions involved in preparing for the World Cup,” said the Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo. “It also explains the federal government’s initiative in holding these meetings with a view to anticipating and eliminating the risks associated with staging this event.

"We’re working together with the state and municipal governments and in proximity with the LOC. I’m certain the Confederations Cup will be a triumphant event and that Rio de Janeiro will meet everyone’s expectations as host of a major event, just as it does with the Carnival,” added the Minister.

“Even though the Confederations Cup isn’t on the same scale as the World Cup, it is still bigger than the kind of things we’re used to staging here,” remarked the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes. “Moreover, it’s important to start to realise that an event like the World Cup is about much more than just a game of football.

"We need to use the competition to ensure people have a complete experience, both inside and outside the stadium. This operational meeting is very important in giving us an outlook on that experience,” Paes concluded.

The six meetings will be attended by representatives from the following bodies and government departments: the Executive Office of the Brazilian Presidency, the ministries of Sport, Planning, the Treasury, Urban Affairs, Transport, Defence, Justice, Health, Tourism, the Environment, Mining and Energy, Culture and Communications, the Institutional Security Cabinet, the Civil Aviation Agency, the Social Communication Agency, the National Ports Agency and the government of the Federal District of Brasilia.

In addition to this week’s summits in Brasilia and Rio, further operational planning meetings will be held in the other four host cities of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 in the coming days, firstly in Fortaleza on Thursday 14 March and then in Recife on 26 March, Salvador on 27 March and Belo Horizonte on 2 April.