Bolsonaro: Countries use Amazon blaze to try to harm Brazil

The wildfires in Brazil’s Amazon region may have been used to harm the country’s agribusiness sector, said President Jair Bolsonaro today (Aug 22) during his weekly Facebook broadcast. He noted the government has worked to mitigate the problem and asked people to help report criminal activity in the area. “Some countries seize opportunity to potentialize the criticism on Brazil and harm agribusiness, our economy, and place Brazil back in a subordinate position,” he stated. The president criticized a foreign demonstrator who referred to the rain forest using the word “our.”…

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Brazil director of Itaipu believes deal with Paraguay to be inked soon

Representatives from Brazil and Paraguay are holding talks to tackle the impasse arising from the lack of a contract on the purchase of energy from Itaipu by Ande—Paraguay’s state-controlled National Electricity Administration—and Eletrobras. For the first time since Itaipu Binacional became operational, in 1984, the firm has been unable to invoice. Appointed some six months ago as Itaipu’s director-general on Brazil’s side, General Joaquim Silva e Luna talked about his administration this week, and said he expects both parties to reach an agreement soon. “The earlier this contract problem is…

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Brazil sees sharp reduction in number of smokers

The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, of which Brazil is a signatory, has helped speed up the reduction in the number of smokers in the country, which already had been seen in previous years. The statement was made by Tânia Cavalcante, a doctor at Brazil’s National Cancer Institute (Inca) and the executive secretary with the National Commission implementing the convention. The convention is the first international health treaty aimed at curbing the world tobacco epidemic. According to Vigitel, a phone-based survey on chronic diseases by the…

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World Bank to help boost sustainability in Mato Grosso

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A recently approved $250 million loan from Washington-based World Bank will aim to promote fiscal and environmental sustainability in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The state is expected to make strides in sustainable agriculture, forest preservation, and the mitigation of climate change. To meet these goals, investments will support an initiative dubbed Produzir, Conservar, Incluir (“produce, conserve, include,” PCI in the original), aimed at attracting investment in sustainable farming and supporting the conduction of a rural survey, as well as supporting the state’s new prevention and control plan for…

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WHO praises Brazil’s move against int’l tobacco firms

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Brazil was praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control after the government of the Latin American country demanded major tobacco manufacturers compensation over public health costs for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases, as described in a note issued last week in Geneva. A role model “We applaud the bold decision by the Brazilian government to seek refund from multinational tobacco companies for the social and economic costs arising from the suffering and the treatment for tobacco-related diseases. It will benefit the Brazilian population greatly,” said…

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Brazil celebrates Turkey’s decision to end steel probe

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The Brazilian government celebrated Turkey’s decision to bring the investigation into safeguards over Brazilian steel products to an end with no definitive measures. A joint note from the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Relations says that “the Brazilian government observed all the stages of the investigation conducted by Turkey, always seeking to show there was no reason for the implementation of safeguard measures in the terms of the deals with the World Trade Organization.” The Brazilian government sees the outcome as positive for bilateral economic and commercial ties, as the…

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New initiative aims to boost production chains in Brazil’s bioeconomy

Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply launched a program dubbed Bioeconomia Brasil Sociobiodiversidade. The initiative aims to bolster production chains that make sustainable use of natural resources and generate income for small- and medium-scale producers and traditional communities. “We want to approach the activities they’ve been carrying out as production chains in Brazil’s primary sector. We’re going to think about ways to increase added value and generate income for producers, miners, and members of riverside communities at the far end—as well as to think about how to develop sector…

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African swine fever may increase pork sales to China

African swine fever will bring a window of opportunities or Brazilian pork exports to Asian countries, chiefly China. The statement was made by Tereza Cristina, Brazil’s minister for Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, during a lower house hearing held today (May 22). The minister has just returned from a trip to Asia, during which she visited Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and China. “Today, because of the African fever, the Chinese need to import a lot of pork,” she said. “And the whole world cannot provide the Chinese with the amount of pork…

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Brics Bank to put $621 mi towards projects in Brazil

Brazil is expected to receive $621 million from the New Development Bank (NDB)—the financial institution created in 2015 by Brics, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. In its first three months, the bank approved four Brazilian projects on renewable energy (wind, solar, and hydroelectric), road building, railway reconstruction, sanitation, telecom, and Petrobras refineries. Figures can be found in the survey BRICS Joint Financial Architecture: The New Development Bank, released Wednesday (Apr. 17) by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea).   The study estimates the deficit of investment…

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Brazil seeks to become world’s top fish producer

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Jorge Seif Junion, Brazil’s national secretary for Aquaculture and Fishing, said Thursday (Apr. 11) that the  department’s goal is to include Brazil among the world’s main international fish producers. On a live broadcast next on social media, he pointed out that the country’s coastline is gigantic, next to President Jair Bolsonaro. “We have all the conditions in the world of being the world’s leading [fish producer],” Seif said, further reporting that Brazil will follow the example of China, one of the globe’s top producers in aquaculture. “We need to turn…

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Brazil to revise Petrobras’s gas monopoly

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Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said Thursday (Apr. 11) that the government will open the natural gas market for the competition. Petrobras’s exclusive participation in most activities linked to gas imports and production goes against the interest of consumers. “We see that this monopoly is not a health thing, especially for the development of the sector for consumers,” Albuquerque said, listing the accomplishments and projects of the ministry in the first hundred days of the Bolsonaro administration. Bento Albuquerque said the Brazilian government is also considering ways to…

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Brazil, Argentina agree on Mercosur, chancellor says

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Brazilian chancellor Ernesto Araújo said Wednesday (Apr. 10) after a meeting with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie and Production and Labor Minister Dante Sica that Brazil and Argentina share ideas on the present and future of Mercosur. “We’ve made progress in the perception of the importance of having Mercosur operate as both an efficient trade bloc and an efficient platform for negotiation with other countries. We’ve made a lot of strides in identifying what’s yet to be done, in our viewpoint, to have a EU–Mercosur talk concluded,” he said. Araújo…

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Bolsonaro meets FIFA president

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro welcomed International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) President Fianni Infantino on Wednesday (Apr. 10) at the Planalto presidential palace. “It was a positive meeting, the president is football fan and we had a chance to talk about the social and economic importance of this sport in Brazil and the world,” said the Swiss-Italian executive, highlighting the development of educational initiatives through football. International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) President Fianni Infantino – Marcos Corrêa/PR   The competitions Brazil will host this year were also covered by…

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Bolsonaro to dine with ambassadors from Muslim countries

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President Jair Bolsonaro is having dinner with ambassadors from Muslim countries on Wednesday (Apr. 10) at the headquarters of the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA), in Brasília. The meeting comes after the president’s visit to Israel, when he announced a business office in Jerusalem, to focus on technology, innovation, trade, and economy. The meeting aims to strengthen commercial ties between Brazilian agribusiness and countries in the Islamic world, CNA declared. Fifty-one ambassadors are expected to attend, according to the country’s Agriculture Minister. Also to attend are Agriculture…

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Brazil brings never-before-seen experience to Milan Design Week

Represented by over 30 companies and designers, Brazil is attending the renowned Milan Design Week, in Italy, starting Monday (Apr. 8). Entitled Brazil: Essentially Diverse, the exhibition—staled to end on Sunday (14)—is an expression of the uniqueness in Brazilian culture, marked by ancestral indigenous, African, and European influences. Promoted by the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency, Apex-Brasil, in partnership with the Brazil’s Consulate-General in Milan, the exhibition is occupying the renowned Museo della Permanente. The 2 thousand m² area offers visitors an immersive experience, showing the most modern trends…

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Without WTO, Brazil’s export costs would rise 120%

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Brazil’s trade with countries in the G20—the world’s 20 top economies—is likely to face tariffs 120 percent higher than they currently are, should the US–China commercial war and the rise of protectionism further reduce the reach of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The conclusion was reached by Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry, CNI. The study shows that, from 1995—when the WTO was created—to 2017, the average import tariffs adopted by G20 countries fell from 11 to 5 percent. This simulation indicates that, if import taxes are brought back to pre-WTO…

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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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Organic food made $1 bi in revenues last year

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Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply reported that the Brazilian market of organic food rose $1 billion in revenues last year, up 20 percent from 2017. The figures were released by Brazilian Council of Organic and Sustainable Production (Organis), which brings together 60 companies in the sector. Brazil comes up in the research as the leader of the organic food market in Latin America. However, considering the area of the land dedicated to organic agriculture, the country ranks third in the region, after Argentina and Uruguay, and 12th worldwide.…

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UN launches website to help refugees find job in Brazil

The Global Compact and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched today (Apr. 3) in São Paulo a website aimed at helping companies hire refugees living in Brazil. The page includes information for employers on how to hire them. Global Compact Executive Secretary Caio Pereira explains that the refugee application is enough for companies to give refugees a job. “All steps are described, along with the documents. What we see is that the main challenge is the lack of knowledge for hiring. Human resources usually have their own…

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Brazil Foreign Ministry to forego special treatment at WTO

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The Brazilian government will start foregoing the special and differential treatment (SDT) dispensed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in negotiations. The move, however, does not imply “any change or reduction in the current flexibility regarding certain rules in deals with the WTO in effect,” said the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. In a note released Monday (Apr. 1), the ministry reports that the talks were announced during the meeting between Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump, in Washington, on March 19. Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump…

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