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Brazil, the country of 30 Berlusconis

Written by Tony Harkén on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted in Brazil, Articles of Brazil, Right bottom - 8st, Main 5

Reporters Without Borders releasing a report entitled “Brazil, the country of 30 Berlusconis” that examines all of the shortcomings of this South American giant’s media landscape.

It is based on fact-finding visits to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia in November 2012

The media topography of the country that is hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics has barely changed in the three decades since the end of the 1964-85 military dictatorship.

As well as the ten or so major companies that dominate the national media and are mainly based in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil has many regional media that are weakened by their subordination to the centres of power in the country’s individual states.

The editorial independence of both print and broadcast media is above all undermined by their heavy financial reliance on advertising by state governments and agencies.

To the Report - Brazil, the country of 30 Berlusconis

Brazil and Israel sign a notice of cooperation in industrial research

Written by Cecilia Helland on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 2, Articles of Brazil, Main 5 - 3st

The Second Invitation for the submission of proposals on technological cooperation between Brazil and Israel was released on Monday (November 5), in a meeting at the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).

The initiative is part of the activities envisaged in the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Bilateral Cooperation in Industrial Research and Development in the Private Sector.

The new phase of the project is aimed at three sectors considered to have the greatest potential for industrial cooperation between the two countries: Defense, Health and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The initiatives will be linked to the sector policies of the "Greater Brazil Plan" and will receive support from partners in each segment to identify companies interested in participating and opportunities for research.

"The cooperation between Brazil and Israel will be beneficial for both countries," said Michel Hivert, MATIMOP Managing Director. "Bringing together characteristics from each country, such as Israel's experience in R&D, with the robustness of Brazilian industry, is something that will bring enormous advances," added Hivert. The Department of Innovation emphasized this assessment in its presentation, stating that bilateral partnerships focusing on research are an international trend that is coming to Brazil.

In order to participate, companies need to follow three steps. Details regarding registration and the process involved and can be found at www.brasilisrael.mdic.gov.br

Afterwards, the company must find a partner in Israel and prepare a proposal. A database of organizations in the two countries is available on the site to facilitate searching. The deadline for submission of proposals using the Cooperation Form is April 22, 2013. The evaluation and selection of proposals will be completed on May 23. Thereafter, those approved will receive guidance on the best credit lines suited to their projects and will have until July 1 to complete the funding application. All details regarding the process can be found on the Portal.

The Brazilian defence market will reach $35.88bn

Written by Tony Harkén on Friday, 16 November 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 1, Articles of Brazil, Main 5 - 3st

A Visiongain Defence Analyst stated that: ‘Brazil is set to use its emerging economic growth to build up a strong domestic defence industry in parallel with the modernization of its armed forces over the next decade.

In order to counter threats across its borders and to its natural resources, alongside the security preparations required as the host of major international events, Brazil is undertaking large scale defence projects for fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, submarines, naval vessels and extensive border monitoring systems, demonstrating the country’s ambitious long term defence spending plans.’

The report has 259 pages and contains 280 tables, charts and graphs that utilise visual representation in order to clarify trends and market projections within the Brazilian Defence Market.

Visiongain provides forecasts for the overall Brazilian Defence Market as well as the Operational and Acquisitions and Investments budget for the period 2012-2022. In addition, the report assess 3 subcategories within the Acquisitions and Investments budget – Air Systems, Ground Systems and Naval Systems – and 17 submarkets across all 3 subcategories for the period 2012-2022. The report provides profiles of 25 leading companies operating within the market, and includes an interview with ECA Group American Latina Ltd, providing expert insight alongside Visiongain’s analyses.

The Brazilian Defence Market 2012-2022 report will be of impressive value to current and future investors into future Brazilian defence contracts and the overall Brazilian defence industry, as well as to companies and research centres who wish to broaden their knowledge of the Brazilian defence market.

For further information - The Brazilian Defence Market 2012-2022 report

Brazil and Russia align cooperation in science

Written by Tony Harkén on Monday, 12 November 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 1, Articles of Brazil, Right bottom - 8st

Minister Marco Antonio Raupp from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and the Russian ambassador in Brazil, Sergey Akopov, discussed new possibilities for cooperation in science and technology on Thursday (October 25) in Brasilia.

The meeting precedes a visit by President Dilma Rousseff to Russia which is scheduled for December.

Participants in the meeting included MCTI Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation, Alvaro Prata, the President of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/MCTI), Glaucius Oliva, MCTI Head of the Office of International Affairs, Ambassador Carmen Ribeiro Moura, and the Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho.

Akopov gave an account of the events scheduled for the coming months, with the participation of Brazilian and Russian representatives, serving as an environment for future negotiations. The International Forum on Development and Innovation, which takes place from October 31 to November 2 in Moscow and will be attended by Secretary Prata, and the Meeting of the Brazil-Russia High-Level Commission, to be held in February in Brasilia, were both highlighted.

"Science and technology is a priority for our bilateral relationship. We have many projects and I hope that, together, we can put them into practice," said the ambassador, who presented proposals for cooperation in biotechnology and solar energy to the Brazilian minister. Minister Raupp has already expressed Brazil's interest in developing new cooperation activities, particularly with regard to the Science Without Borders program and in the areas of satellite technology and radiopharmaceuticals.

Announcements regarding the segments mentioned by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation will be made on his visit to Russia, on November 26 and 27, accompanied by representatives from the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB/MCTI) and the National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN/MCTI). "It is our responsibility to strive to build something concrete in these events," said the minister.

The president of the CNPq, Glaucius Oliva, spoke of the importance of deepening dialogue on cooperation within the Science without Borders program. "We have not entered into agreements with Russia yet and one of the obstacles is the language. Russia has excellent institutions in many areas," he said. "It is time we made the most of this mobilization and closer relations between the two countries to consolidate this."

History of cooperation

The starting point for Brazilian-Russian relations in the field of science and technology was the Agreement Establishing the Brazilian-Soviet Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed on April 16, 1981. In 2010, representatives from the two countries signed the Strategic Partnership Action Plan, whose aim was to prioritize areas of cooperation among those selected in the 2010-2012 Cooperation Program. The plan establishes the intensification of scientific and technological cooperation.

In addition, the program aims to promote cooperation between research and scientific institutes of the two countries in the areas of scientific and technological information, metrology and the technological cooperation network in HIV/AIDS, as well as in condensed matter physics, nanotechnology, new materials, biotechnology, medicine, information and communications technology, the effect of the environment on human health, physics and mathematics.

Source – Invest in Brazil

Investments in wind power should reach R$ 40 billion by 2020

Written by Tony Harkén on Thursday, 06 September 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 1, Articles of Brazil, Right bottom - 8st

Wind power is now enjoying a new phase of competitiveness in Brazil, with an additional R$ 40 billion in investments expected by 2020.

This new phase, which began in 2009, has resulted in the procurement of 6.7 gigawatts (GW) of power, at a price of R$ 100 per megawatt/hour (MWh).

The first investments in wind power in the country were made in 2004, with grants from the Alternative Electrical Energy Sources Incentive Program (Proinfa). The goal was to introduce new technologies and renewable forms of energy production, including small hydro power (SHP), biomass and wind power.

Wind power is the second most competitive form of such energy production in the country. “Today, wind power alone is not cheaper than large hydroelectric plants,” said Elbia Melo, President of the Brazilian Association of Wind Power (Abeeólica). Investment made by the wind power industry in all procurement auctions held in Brazil between 2004 and 2011 reached R$ 25 billion.

The potential for wind power in the country amounts to 300 GW and is concentrated primarily in the Northeast and the South, and particularly in the states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará and Rio Grande do Sul. This figure was revised this year, based on the new technology that has been put in place. The first analysis, conducted in 2001, identified potential wind power generation in the order of 143 GW.

In June of this year, the wind power industry accounted for 2 GW of installed capacity of power generation, spread over 71 farms. By the end of 2016, the goal is to insert 8.4 GW of wind power on the national electric system, which would represent a 5.4% share in the Brazilian power grid, compared to the 1.5% share it currently represents. “It will continue to grow over time and by 2020, wind power should attain a 15% share, provided that we maintain this pace of procurement.” Around 2 GW per year is expected to be contracted at procurement auctions.

The number of equipment manufacturers in the country has increased from only two in 2008 to 11 last year.

Vietnam is the world's largest coffee exporter

Written by Cecilia Helland on Wednesday, 22 August 2012. Posted in Brazil, Articles of Brazil, Main 7 - 3st, Main 6

Vietnamese coffee companies increase their profits considerably and the sales amount to $2.5 billion annually.

Brazil has now become the second largest coffee exporter since Vietnam exported 13 percent more coffee in the first half of 2012.

Source – International Coffee Organization

Brazil - increasingly popular for tourists

Written by Cecilia Helland on Monday, 21 May 2012. Posted in Brazil, Articles of Brazil, Main 8 - 3st, Right 2

2011 was another record year since 5.4 million tourists visited Brazil. Mainly, the number of visitors from neighboring countries in South America has increased.

The number of visitors from Russia has also increased because they no longer need to apply for a visa before visiting.

Although Brazil is gaining popularity, the country is still behind both Argentina and Mexico in the number of tourists. Argentina was visited by 5.7 million and Mexico by 22.4 million in 2011.

In 2014, Brazil will arrange the FIFA World Cup and FIFA has expressed concern that the country's airports cannot handle the expected number of new tourists.

Major language barriers in Brazil

Written by Cecilia Helland on Sunday, 20 May 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 1, Articles of Brazil, Main 5 - 3st

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit states that Brazil has major concerns with the language barriers which impede the development of the economy.

With an increased international interest in the country, the problems with the English language have become even more acute, and experts believe that businesses may be seriously damaged by the situation.

Find out more on the report here

The number of computers in Brazilian households has tripled in ten years

Written by Cecilia Helland on Thursday, 17 May 2012. Posted in Brazil, Right 1, Articles of Brazil, Right bottom - 8st

The presence of computers in Brazilian households has tripled in the last decade.

However, the equipment is still not present in over half of households - the penetration rate is 38.3% on average, of which 30.7% of which are connected to the internet.

According to 2010 Census data, the penetration of computers in households is higher in the Southeast region, where they are installed in 48% of households, of which 39.6% have access to the internet. In the North and Northeast regions, 22.7% and 21.2% of households have a computer, of which 15.4% and 16.8% have internet access, respectively. This was the first time that the IBGE Census researched internet access across the country, there is no therefore no earlier comparative data.

Between 2000 and 2010 the number of households with a telephone line remained relatively stable. During the period, the figure increased from 39.7% to 40.8%. However, the proportion of households with only a mobile phone reached 47.1%.


Source – Invest in Brazil

My House - My Life

Written by Cecilia Helland on Thursday, 26 April 2012. Posted in Brazil, Articles of Brazil, Main 6 - 3st, Main 6

Brazil invests heavily in order to get out of poverty.

The country's president, Dilma Rousseff, has announced that the project My House - My Life will expand and include 2.4 million households.

The project My House - My Life will build 220 000 new homes by 2014, a housing project for people living in poverty. The homes will be distributed by income class in the municipalities with a population of up to 50,000 inhabitants.

Trade between Brazil and India should reach US$ 15 billion by 2015

Written by Cecilia Helland on Thursday, 12 April 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 1, Articles of Brazil, Main 6 - 3st, Main 6

In search of expansion for economic and trade relations, the Governments of Brazil and India have adopted a strategic partnership encompassing health, education, science and technology, defense, agriculture, social and environmental programs.

The President Dilma Rousseff said on Friday, March 30, during a visit to New Delhi, India, that the goal is to increase the negotiated amount of US$ 9.12 billion in 2011, to US$ 15 billion by 2015.

The President said that Brazil and India are going through a new phase of development. "[We must strive to] create a hallway [of development] in such a way that we can be proud of having started a new era”, said Dilma, after meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.

In addition, she stated that Brazil considers India a key and essential partner for the future. "The emerging countries are the great responsible for the growth of the global economy”, she said. "We have a lot to talk in the areas of scientific and social policies."

The President praised the research in the areas of chemistry and medicines in India. She recalled that, in Brazil, the effort is to improve the quality of public health care, which also depends on the distribution of medicines. According to Dilma, the partnership goes further, even to the sale of aircrafts equipped with radars, from Brazil to India.

3.5% is the estimative of economic growth this year

Written by Cecilia Helland on Thursday, 05 April 2012. Posted in Brazil, Articles of Brazil, Right bottom - 8st, Right 2

The Central Bank (BC) maintained the estimative of economic growth – Gross National Product (GNP) – this year in 3.5%. The information is part of the Inflation Report released this week by the Central Bank of Brazil.

According to the institution, the Brazilian economic activity has showed a moderate decrease in 2012, due to the effects of the economic policy and some deterioration of the international environment, but the perspectives point out to acceleration this year. In 2011, the economy grew 2.7%.

According to the report, "the maintenance of favorable conditions in the labor market and consumer confidence at high level, as well as the improvement in business confidence indicators, suggests consistency in the process of regaining economic growth."

On the external scenario, the Central Bank highlights the “recovery of the U.S. economy,” beyond the “perspectives of financial conditions stabilization in the Euro Zone” and the accommodation of the economy in Asian countries, still at high level. According to the Central Bank, this scenario could favor Brazil’s economic activity in the coming months.

New Brazilian Channel On Youtube

Written by Tony Harkén on Sunday, 01 April 2012. Posted in Brazil, Articles of Brazil, Left 2 - 3st, Main 7

The Brazilian Institute of Tourism (Embratur) and Google chose the United States, the second largest emitter of tourists to Brazil, to launch the new Brazilian channel on YouTube, now available at the address www.youtube.com/visitbrasil

The new channel, developed in partnership with Google, will help foreign tourists in planning their trips to Brazil, interactively, with images, videos and detailed information about what to do in the country. By accessing the page, the tourist will respond only four questions: when the tourist will come to Brazil, how many days will stay, with whom and what is the main interest (shopping, entertainment, sports, beach, nature and culture). From there, the tool will provide a list of destinations and attractions to the visitor.

For the International Markets Director of Embratur, Marcelo Pedroso, the Brand Channel is marked by the convergence of various technologies on a single channel. "Tourists can watch videos posted by other visitors, showing the location of destinations in Google Maps, receive tips available on TripAdvisor and, ultimately, share their selection with friends on Facebook," said Pedroso.

Higher Education

Written by Tony Harkén on Wednesday, 21 March 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 4, Articles of Brazil, Right bottom - 8st

The number of students attending universities has increased by 170 million since 1990. In 2020 China, India, USA and Brazil will be dominant in the so-called higher education.

In 2020, there will be an estimated 37 million university students in China, 28 million in India, 20 million in the United States and 9 million in Brazil.

Besides these countries, Turkey, Indonesia and Nigeria will play a more important and bigger role in the future when it comes to higher education.

Street Child World Cup - Rio 2014

Written by Tony Harkén on Saturday, 10 March 2012. Posted in Brazil, Main 3, Articles of Brazil, Left 2 - 3st


In March 2014, the second Street Child World Cup (SCWC) will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Building on the success of the inaugural event in Durban, South Africa, in 2010, the 2014 event will bring teams of street children from 20 countries to compete for the Street Child World Cup and to make their voices heard.

In Durban, 8 teams of street children from four continents competed and participated in discussions and several activities. For the children, it was much more than just a tournament, it was a chance to be seen and heard. The key themes that emerged from their discussions have been drawn together as the Durban Declaration, which has been presented to the UN Committee on Human Rights, to central and regional governments and to civil society organisations.

The ABC Trust led the Brazil team in South Africa 2010 and will be hosting the 2014 event in Brazil. In the next three years we will be working with Amos Trust, Momentum Arts and other partners to plan for an event which captures and amplifies the spirit of the first SCWC. Through the Street Child World Cup 2014, we want to celebrate the potential of these children and call for their rights to be realised.

“Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I am in heaven. Coming here and listening to stories of other street children has made me realise that I’m not alone in struggling.” Thamires dos Santos, player for the Brazilian team in the SCWC 2010

We develop partnerships with Brazilian community organisations which not only provide vital training, education and support for young people, but also fire their imagination and creativity through dance, film, drama and music.

Over 3000 children and their families are reached every day through projects made possible by ABC supporters' donations. From counselling to medical care to film-editing workshops, our work provides an all-too-rare source of hope for some of Brazil’s poorest and most vulnerable children.


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