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Unasur forecasts South America’s decade

  A new global order is emerging as a result of the world crisis and recession in developed countries and Latin America has a crucial role to play given its very satisfactory economic performance in recent years, said Unasur Secretary General Maria Emma Mejia. Meeting in Madrid for the tenth anniversary of the Spanish foreign affairs think-tank Royal Institute Elcano, Ms Mejia together with other world experts and politicians were invited to discuss the international crisis, the emergence of new powers…

Brazil prepares new bill to allow farmland foreign ownership

According to a source at the Presidential Chief of Staff’s Office, Brazil’s government is preparing a bill that would once again allow foreigners to buy over 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres) of land subject to prior government approval. Congress must approve purchases of 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) or more. The ban – which took the form of a reinterpretation of a 1971 law – was a response to reports that Middle Eastern sovereign funds and Chinese state-owned companies were attempting to buy large…

Brazil´s Hotel Industry adopts new star rating system to become more competitive internationally

The Brazil hotel market is booming in the build up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. But what the country has boasted in momentum it’s also lacked in transparency—until now. The country has launched the Brazilian System for the Qualification of Accommodation Options, a rating system that classifies hotels from one to five stars. To use the symbol, hotels must endure a qualification process from the Ministry of Tourism. In June 7th, the Minister of Tourism, Pedro Novais, signed off the…

Brazil registers the first legal actions against foreign farmland acquisition ban

The change in the rules for farmland acquisition by foreigners is causing a commotion in Brazil agriculture industry. Vendors and buyers in rural areas are starting to litigate to see who will pay for the restriction prejudices derived from a new inter pretation of law by the Union´s Attorney-General (AGU).   The ban – which took the form of a reinterpretation of a 1971 law – was a response to reports that Middle Eastern sovereign funds and Chinese state-owned companies were attempting to buy large…

Chile – Argentina Tunnel has Japanese Interest as Gateway to China

Japan also has an interest in the New Black Water Tunnel joining Chile and Argentina The powerful Japanese multinational Mitsubishi Corporation has been added to the list of interested parties to participate in the construction of the New Tunnel called Agua Negra informing the Argentine Foreign Ministry which has now ratified a number of new agreements with Japan . In his brief stay in Japan, Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, met in Tokyo with Mikio Sasaki, one of the top executives of Mitsubishi Corporation…

Brazil considering leasing farm land to foreigners to circumvent sales restrictions

MercoPress South Atlantic New Agency Report Brazil may start leasing farm land to foreigners to find a way around new legal restrictions on land sales and attract more foreign investment, the agriculture minister said. Last year, foreigners seeking to buy large plots of land began running into legal roadblocks, after the attorney general’s office reinterpreted real estate law amid concern over property speculation by overseas investors. But President Dilma Rousseff, who took office in January, is looking…

Investment funds around the world seeking farmland in response to food price hikes

For decades, the world was often swimming in surplus food because farmers were so productive. But rising demand has caught up, and reserves have become so tight that global food markets are vulnerable to even minor shocks. Many analysts say that higher, more volatile prices may be here to stay. The new dynamic reflects in part the rising demand for commodities in developing countries such as China, India and Russia. By 2050, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization projects that world food production will…

Chinese largest agricultural firm to buy farmland in Latin America

China’s largest agricultural enterprise, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, will acquire or lease 200,000 hectares of cropland in countries including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Russia, The Philippines, Australia and Zimbabwe China, the world’s most populous country with 1.34 billion citizens, is experiencing an agricultural deficit that has spurred the authorities to seek access to crops outside its territory. In fact, according to somewhat dated statistics, less than 11 percent of Chinese territory…

Brazil started 2011 with massive foreign capital investments inflows

The inflow of us dollars to Brazil so far this year (Jan-March 5) marks a surplus of usd 24.3 billion over outflows, which helped to further appreciate the Brazilian Real, according to the latest figures released by the Central Bank. This is the result of financial operations mainly by Brazilian corporations’ overseas issues and long term foreign investors. In fact, property investors from around the world are flocking to Brazilian shores with a view to snapping up real estate, in anticipation of future capital…
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