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The Chinese give Latin America’s lessons on how they see the world

This article was written by Sean W. Burges, senior associate at the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University and was published in The Australian on 5 December) JUST a few weeks after the Australian government launched its Asian Century white paper, the Brazil-China Business Council ran a major one-day conference in Sao Paulo to discuss the challenges and opportunities of China. While Australia received only passing mention, the larger context of the discussions…

Is Brazilian Farmland a Buy ?

In recent years, Brazil has solidified its role as a global agricultural powerhouse. It has become the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, coffee, and sugar, as well as the second largest overall food producer on the planet. Over the past 15 years, Brazil has increased agricultural production by 156 percent with overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from agriculture reaching an all-time high in the first quarter of 2017.1 The agricultural sector as a whole accounts for nearly 6 percent of Brazil’s total…

BRAZIL’s Real Estate will stay strong in 2014

Over the past five years the BRAZIL’s Real Estate market has soared, especially in Rio de Janeiro with the World Cup and Olympics coming up. There is plenty of optimism for investors to be found with the high tourist season returning swiftly followed by the 2014 World Cup, despite fears of a devaluation and signs of it potentially levelling off in 2013. The negative speculation was quashed by Teotonio Rezende, Caixa’s vice president (Brazil’s second largest government owned bank) who account for two…

New railway to be built as Peru and Brazil come together to increase tourism

Brazil and Peru have decided to come together in order to increase tourism in the area. The presidents of each country met and Dimla Rousseff (Brazilian President) and Ollanta Humala (Peruvian President) have come to an agreement to work together and create a working group in order to study the possibility of building a railway linking the neighbouring countries. They both feel that an increase and an improvement in Internet connectivity will augment tourism as a result of greater accessibility. Peru’s official…

El Tejar’s big shift from Argentina to Brazil

The farming company founded in 1987, El Tejar, who has become one of the biggest grain and oilseed producers globally, has relocated their headquarters from their original base in the province of Buenos Aires to São Paulo. Among the world’s top grain producers in 2012, the company have now also almost replaced their Argentina chief executive, Horacio Ackerman, with Brazilian Luiz Kaufman. The changes come as a result of a disintegrating relationship between the Argentine government and the farming industry…

Mubadala Development to invest $2bn in Brazilian group

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development will invest $2 billion in the Brazilian business group EBX founded by Eike Batista as part of a strategic partnership. Under the terms of the agreement Mubadala will make the investment in exchange for a 5.63 per cent preferred equity interest in Centennial Asset Brazilian Equity Fund and other offshore holding companies of Batista. The proceeds of Mubadala’s investment will be used to reinforce the group’s already strong capital structure so as to help fund new enterprises…

Brazil aims to reduce business taxes

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to reduce business taxes on local businesses to help them invest and compete in a world awash with cheap money that is hurting Brazil’s economy, Veja magazine reported on Saturday. Speaking after a meeting with industry leaders, Ms Rousseff told the weekly magazine in an interview on Thursday that the way out of Brazil’s struggle with inflation and slow growth was lower taxes to spur private investment. “Today … I met with some of the most important…

Foreign Farm Investors in Brazil sow seeds of openness

Financial Times | 14 April 2010 By Jonathan Wheatley in Luiz Eduardo Magalhães, Brazil On the high plains around the town of Luiz Eduardo Magalhães in central Brazil it is easy to feel dwarfed by the landscape. Fields of soya, maize and cotton stretch to the horizon under immense blue skies, only the occasional tree, silo or patch of scrubby cerrado woodland giving any sense of scale. Twin-wagoned lorries laden with soya thunder along the highways. Away from the main roads, human beings are a rarity, glimpsed…