Ficha Limpa Bars Hundreds of Political Candidates

Ficha Limpa Bars Hundreds of Political Candidates

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With the objective of doing away with corruption in Brazil’s political system, the Ficha Limpa law (Clean Record Law) faces its toughest test in the upcoming October general elections. The law, passed in 2010, makes it ineligible for those who have been convicted of corruption, mismanagement […]

Brazil’s GDP Growth Forecast Decreased Again: Daily

Brazil’s GDP Growth Forecast Decreased Again: Daily

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Forecasts on the growth of Brazil’s economy decreased further this week, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reducing its growth forecast from 1.8 percent (in April) to 1.3 percent on Thursday. This is the fifth time this year the IMF has reduced its forecast of Brazil’s […]

Brazil’s 10-Year Education Plan Sanctioned by Rousseff

Brazil’s 10-Year Education Plan Sanctioned by Rousseff

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost four years of debates in Congress, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff finally signed into law the country’s new ten-year National Educational Plan (PNE). Among the PNE’s goals are investments of ten percent of the country’s GDP in education by 2024. Currently the federal government allocates […]

Movement at Santos Port Sets Record in June: Daily

Movement at Santos Port Sets Record in June: Daily

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Movement of goods at Brazil’s busiest port, Santos, set a record in June, totaling 9.8 million tons and 5.4 percent above that registered in June of 2013 according to CODESP (São Paulo State Port Authority). Exports during the month increased by 8.1 million to 6.9 million […]

Brazilian Beef Exports to China Will Start Again: Daily

Brazilian Beef Exports to China Will Start Again: Daily

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Neri Geller, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, announced Thursday (July 17th) that China has agreed to suspend its embargo on Brazilian beef. The ban has been in place since 2012 when a case of mad cow disease was reported in the state of Parana. The decision was announced […]

World Cup Loss Unlikely to Affect Presidential Elections

World Cup Loss Unlikely to Affect Presidential Elections

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With Brazilians still dazed with the disappointing fourth place obtained in the 2014 World Cup, political analysts now start to examine whether the loss of the football championship will affect October’s Presidential elections, and specifically if it will negatively affect incumbent Dilma Rousseff’s chances for re-election. […]

Brazil Coffee Exports Up in Volume, Down in Revenues: Daily

Brazil Coffee Exports Up in Volume, Down in Revenues: Daily

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Coffee exports (including green grains, soluble, roasted and grounded) registered an increase of 9.9 percent in volume during the 2013/2014 season, but declined by 11.6 percent in revenues, according to CeCafe (Coffee Exporters Council of Brazil). The number of bags exported from July 2013 to June […]

Brazil’s Agriculture Registers Surplus of US$8.5B: Daily

Brazil’s Agriculture Registers Surplus of US$8.5B: Daily

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s agribusiness sector registered a surplus of US$8.5 billion in June, according to MAPA (Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply). Exports grew by 4.7 percent in comparison to June of 2013 to US$9.61 billion, while imports fell by five percent to US$1.21 billion during the […]

Argentina’s Financial Crisis Affects Brazil

Argentina’s Financial Crisis Affects Brazil

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian businessmen are closely monitoring the financial crisis in Argentina, concerned with the effects that the crisis may have on Brazilian production and exports. Their concern is warranted: during the first five months of 2014 Brazilian exports to Argentina have declined by 19.8 percent in relation […]

Presidential Campaign to Cost Nearly R$1B in Brazil: Daily

Presidential Campaign to Cost Nearly R$1B in Brazil: Daily

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – This year’s presidential election campaigns should cost a total of R$916.7 million, according to data received by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). With the numbers released by the TSE for October’s presidential elections, candidates are expected to spend 49.5 percent more than candidates in the 2010 […]