Bioeconomy theme of Brazil’s Science and Technology Week

The 16th National Science and Technology Week—Brazil’s biggest event for scientists who want to showcase their work—starts next Monday (21) with the theme Bioeconomy: Diversity and Wealth for Sustainable Development. According to the country’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications, the event, slated to end on 27, will include thousands of activities throughout Brazil. This year’s installment of the event will discuss the potential for the sustainable use of biodiversity. “Promoting awareness in science and technology will expand the reach of public knowledge about natural resources and their preservation,…

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Brazil to open 1.5 million slots in vocational schools by 2023

The Ministry of Education is to offer another 1.5 million slots in vocational and technological education in Brazil by 2023. The move comes as part of a program dubbed Novos Caminhos (“new ways”), launched Tuesday (Oct 8). The initiative brings the current 1.9 million chairs to 3.4 million countrywide—an 80 percent surge. Education Minister Abraham Weintraub said the goal is to bring an end to the prejudice against vocational courses and to improve training. “A vocational course makes it possible for young people to have an income higher than those…

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New atlas brings data on Brazil’s biodiversity

Brazil known as home to the world’s biggest biodiversity, but a portion of its fauna and flora is still unknown. To contribute to the knowledge about the country’s ecosystems, the Atlas of the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr) was launched in Brasília on Tuesday (Aug 27). The initiative, brought about by the Brazilian government in collaboration with other institutions, like United Nations (UN) Environment Program, includes catalogs from museums, botanical gardens (like Rio de Janeiro’s) and research projects across Brazil, in addition to data from other countries. The program encompasses…

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Brazil plans to export goods with higher added-value goods to China

During a symposium at the Brazil–China Business Council, held this Wednesday (May 22) in Beijing, Brazilian vice-President Hamilton Mourão argued for the diversification of Brazilian exports to China with higher added-value goods. Last year, the main products exported by Brazil to China were soybeans, fuels, and iron ore—essentially raw material. “China will continue to grow above the global average and its demand for food, for instance, should increase 11 to 13 percent by 2030. We’re going to work to expand and diversify Brazilian exports with higher added value. We want…

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Bolsonaro: Israel to back Brazil’s efforts to join OECD

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday (Apr. 4) noted that, during his four-day visit to Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will support Brazil’s admission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Last month, US President Donald Trump also expressed support for Brazil’s push to join the group. “Netanyahu ensured total support for Brazil to be able to join OECD,” said the president, who made a live broadcast on social media next to Institutional Security Minister General Augusto Heleno and Justice Minister Sergio Moro. OECD is…

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Bolsonaro unveils new business office in Jerusalem

In a trip to Israel, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Sunday (Mar. 31) the creation of a Brazilian commercial representation office in Jerusalem. Alongside Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bolsonaro said the office will be responsible for science, technology and innovation, and business. Bolsonaro said the partnership between the two nations was like a “marriage.” “Before I was a candidate, I said: Look what Israel doesn’t have, and what Israel is; and look what Brazil has and is not. This marriage today will bring benefits to the people of both…

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Brazil to host Brics summit in November

Brazil will host a Brics (a bloc formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summit meeting for the third time. The assembly has been confirmed to take place on November 13 and 14, in Brasília, and to be attended by chancellors from all five countires. In 2010, the gathering was held in Brasília, and, in 2014, in Fortaleza.   With Brazil as Brics’s pro tempore president, priorities are expected to focus on science, technology, and innovation deals, incentives for digital economy, the fight against transnational illicit substances, and…

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Brazil considers ideas on water desalination

Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication Marcos Pontes will receive proposals on water desalination submitted by researchers and technology providers until February 18. The goal is to devise initiatives to reach underserved areas, especially in the country’s semi-arid region. Twelve percent of the Brazilian population (some 27 million people) live in the semi-arid, which encompasses 12 percent of the national territory—over 1 million km², most of the Northeast. The idea is to extract brackish water from the soil and use desalination solutions as an alternative to local residents.…

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Ambassador: Israeli agents to stay in Brazil for as long as necessary

A team with 136 Israeli agents—among them doctors, engineers and other experts—is in Brazil to help the search and rescue operations following the disaster in Brumadinho and will stay to provide assistance for as long as it proves necessary. The statement was made by Israeli Ambassador to Brazil Yossi Shelley. “The team is enthusiastic, and Israel is here carrying out the same work of humanitarian aid they did in other countries, like Mexico and the Philippines,” the diplomat told Agência Brasil. This cooperation, he went on to say, involves “the…

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China wants to take part in Brazil privatization plan

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China is willing to encourage its companies to take part in the privatization plans and investment partnerships that may be brought forward by the Brazilian government, China’s Ambassador to Brazil Yang Wanming said Tuesday (Jan. 22). “For our cooperation, I believe that our relations with the new Brazilian government—Bolsonaro’s administration—will benefit the development of the two peoples,” the Chinese ambassador stated. The ambassador paid a visit to Brazilian Minister Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication Marcos Pontes. “We regard cooperation with Brazil as very important. We want to make cooperation as…

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Bolsonaro argues for streamlined, relevant Mercosur

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro argued that Mercosur—the bloc comprising Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with Venezuela suspended—should be streamlined in order to gain relevance. Bolsonaro and Argentine President Mauricio Macri met in Brasília this morning (Jan. 16) to talk about ways to improve the group. “We agree on the importance of enhancing the bloc along with the other partners—Paraguay and Uruguay—and proposing a new work agenda, always on an urgent basis,” Bolsonaro said after the meeting. In his view, Mercosur must value its original tradition of commercial opening, and the…

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