🇧🇷 Marabá is a municipality in the state of Pará, Brazil. Its greatest geographic reference is the confluence of two large rivers near the historic city centre, the Itacaiunas River and the Tocantins River, forming a "Y" if seen from space. It basically consists of five highways linking six urban centres: • Cidade Nova • Industrial • Morada Nova • Nova Marabá • São Félix • Velha Marabá.
Marabá is the fourth-most-populous municipality in the state of Pará. It's the main centre of political, social, and economic development in southern of Pará and one of the most dynamic municipalities in Brazil.
Marabá has a strategic position and is crossed by five highways. It also has a large logistics infrastructure, with a port, airport, and railway. The municipality has a growing industrial park. The steel industry is especially important to Marabá's vast agricultural frontier. Marabá also has a strong trade and services sector. Marabá is characterized by its broad mix of peoples and cultures that do justice to the meaning of the town's nickname: "Son of Miscegenation."
Economy The municipality of Maraba experienced various economic cycles based on the extraction and exploitation of: latex rubber; Brazil nuts; diamonds and gold. Since the early 1970s installation of the Grande Carajás project and steel industries diversified and boosted the local economy.
Primary sector Today, Maraba is the economic centre and a vast administrative region of the Amazon agricultural frontier, the city has one of the most significant economic growth in the country. Livestock based on cattle ranching is an activity of great importance for the municipality, and ensure the livelihoods of the population, provides the regional and local development by creating large scale, and is marketed in different Brazilian regions and abroad. The herd area is highlighted by its superior quality, being one of the most important cattle herds of the state, a result arising from the use of advanced technology in the selection and fertilisation. It has also herds of pigs, horses, sheep and poultry.
The fishing sector also has a key role in local economic base by exporting its surplus for the entire north and north-east. Agriculture is diversified, with production cereals, pulses and oilseeds such as corn, rice and beans, fruits such as bananas and acai, and logging.
Secondary sector Through the Industrial Development Company of Para - CDI, was installed at the end of the eighties, in an area of 1,300 hectares, the industrial district of Maraba - DIM, to create the base of a steel pole targeting the Carajas iron ore, exploited by the mining company Vale.
Metallurgical Industries and intense livestock activity, accounted for a large environmental devastation in the region. The activity of the steel industry requires large amounts of coal, leading to a devastation of native forests. As a result of public pressure the industries were forced to change its production model, investing in reforestation and charcoal production through the babassu coconut palm.
Besides, to have more than 200 industries, and the steel (pig iron) most important, second is the timber industry and the manufacture of tiles and bricks. The city's economy also relies on the production of manganese and Agribusiness. In Maraba, Agribusiness works with pulp processing, cassava flour, rice processing, milk and palm.
The installation of steel plant came boost the local economy even more, forming a metal pole-mechanical, with a view to verticalise the local mineral production. There are still projects that seen during and after the installation of steel works, among them: The gas pipeline Açailândia-Maraba and construction of new port city.
Tertiary sector The trade and services sector also has its share of contribution. Maraba has approximately 5,000 outlets divided between trade formed by micro, small, medium and large businesses and services, Hospital, Financial, Education, Construction and Public Utilities. It is a very powerful and comes with high rates of growth. This is because the strategy of state government, to decentralise services from the state capital, Belém. The city is increasingly gaining representation in hosting numerous public institutions. The trade of the city is highlighted, because the city is a major regional commercial hub of South and Southeast of Pará.
Marabá is served by João Correa da Rocha Airport.
Marabá has a population of over 283,542 people.