Greater Manaus (Grande Manaus, officially Região Metropolitana de Manaus, in Portuguese) is a large metropolitan area located in Amazonas state in Brazil. It consists of 13 municipalities, including the capital, Manaus.

Greater Manaus

Metropolitan Region of Manaus
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Skyline of Manaus, view from Rio Negro
Location of Greater Manaus
Coordinates: 03°06′S 60°01′W / 3.100°S 60.017°W / -3.100; -60.017Coordinates: 03°06′S 60°01′W / 3.100°S 60.017°W / -3.100; -60.017
Country Brazil
State Amazonas
Principal citiesManaus
Itacoatiara
Manacapuru
Iranduba
Careiro Castanho
Careiro da Várzea
Autazes
Presidente Figueiredo
Rio Preto da Eva
Manaquiri
Novo Airão
Itapiranga
Silves
Area
 • Total49,146,089 sq mi (127,287,790 km2)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total2,631,239 (11th)
 • Density65.55/sq mi (25.31/km2)
Time zoneUTC-4 (Eastern Time Zone)
Area code(s)92
Websitewww.amazonas.am.gov.br

EconomyEdit

Its GDP is estimated at 61 billion dollars, the richest in northern Brazil.

Manaus Free Trade ZoneEdit

Greater Manaus is home to one of the most modern industrial centers of Latin America. This is a large concentration of high-tech industries in the areas of electronics, two-wheeled vehicles, optical products, computer products, chemical industry, etc.

The Manaus Free Trade Zone (MFTZ), which is regulated by Decree-Law No. 288/1967, was conceived as a free import and export trade area with special tax incentives. It was set up with the object of creating an industrial, commercial and agricultural center in the hinterland of the Amazon Region, which would be equipped with economic conditions that would enable the region to be occupied and developed.

Today, around fifty years after it was founded, the Manaus Free Trade Zone represents a virtuous Brazilian government development model that has managed to make a socio-economic base in the Amazon region feasible, promote the better productive and social integration of the region with the rest of Brazil, and guarantee national sovereignty over its borders.

During its historical evolution, the Manaus Free Trade Zone has enabled three economic hubs to be developed: industrial, commercial and agricultural. The first of these, represented by the Manaus Industrial Sector (PIM), is considered to be the foundation stone that sustains the model.

The Manaus Free Trade Zone model is administered by the Superintendence of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (SUFRAMA), an independent Federal Agency under the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).[2]

DemographicsEdit

The metropolitan area of Manaus is the 11th most populous in Brazil, with an estimated population of 2.6 million inhabitants.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tabela 4: POPULAÇÃO DAS REGIÕES METROPOLITANAS, REGIÕES INTEGRADAS DE DESENVOLVIMENTO E AGLOMERAÇÕES URBANAS COM MAIS DE UM MILHÃO DE HABITANTES" (in Portuguese). IBGE. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.suframa.gov.br/invest/en-zona-franca-de-manaus.cfm