RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The widespread shortage of imported products, mainly from Asia, has led Brazilian industry to agree on the need to produce locally part of the items that now come from abroad.
However, this initiative, which would result in the development of local technologies and jobs, is proving difficult to achieve due to economic and political uncertainties and the fact that producing in Brazil is more expensive than in several other countries.
The shortage of products such as masks and ventilators, which marked the start of the pandemic, later extended to semiconductors, components and auto parts, and worsened . . .