In the first nine months of 2012, the Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE) granted a total of 55,009 temporary and permanent work permits for foreign professionals, an increase of 5% compared to the same period in the previous year. In particular, factors such as humanitarian visas granted to Haitians, work permits for foreign specialists and foreign technicians responsible for the installation of imported machinery and equipment, and technical assistance / technology transfer contributed significantly to the increase.
The Brazilian government will contribute US$ 20.2 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to be invested in the development of agricultural projects focused on cotton planting. The agreement was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, and the Director General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva. The idea is to pass on knowledge and experience of the industry to the organization.
King Abdullah II of Jordan and the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Judeh, demonstrated an interest in developing partnerships with Brazil for projects in the Dead Sea and Red Sea, in addition to agreements in the fields of energy, agriculture and health. Indications for such agreements were given during meetings with the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, who is visiting Jordan. Both added that the joint venture companies of Petrobras and agri-food trading companies are priorities.
The advances made by Brazil in the fight against hunger were cited in “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012” report, released last week by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP). According to the document, the number of undernourished people in the country fell by 2 million in the last three years, from 15 million (2007-2009) to 13 million (2010-2012), a 13% reduction.
Rio de Janeiro - Bilateral trade between Brazil and Uruguay will receive a major boost by the end of this year. The reactivation of the rail link between the two countries will allow products to be transported long distances from the capital Montevideo to the state of São Paulo, with a lower freight cost. The subject was on the agenda at a meeting last week in Rio de Janeiro between the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, and his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Almagro.
In the last ten years, between 2001 and 2011, the poorest 10% of the country saw a cumulative growth in income of 91.2%, while the richest portion of the population saw an increase of 16.6% in accumulated income during the same period. Accordingly, the variation in actual earnings was 5.5 times (550%) greater for the most vulnerable section of the Brazilian population.
Brasilia - Those interested in making short trips of up to three months to countries in the European Union will no longer require a visa. An agreement between the Brazilian government and the European Union has established the exemption of the document, with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The measure applies to 25 countries. The agreement consists of nine articles arranged in specific subjects such as residence of the foreigner in the country and the exchange of information between authorities.
In its rotating presidency of Mercosur, Brazil presented its science and technology (S&T) proposals to other countries in the bloc at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia on Monday (October 1). The first meeting of the working group on the issue involved biotechnology, nanotechnology, network connections, natural disaster prevention, water management and information and communication technologies (ICT).
On Friday (September 28), President Dilma Rousseff and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, signed three new agreements related to science, technology and innovation in Brasilia. The agreements provide for an increase in the number of students sent to the United Kingdom through the Science without Borders program; the cooperation between the company BG E&P and the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/MCTI) and the development of scientific studies, research and projects related to oil and derivatives.
In September 2012, Brazilian exports totaled US$ 19.9 billion and reached a daily average of US$ 1.053 billion, the second highest for the year. This average was only surpassed by the result from September last year (US$ 1.109 billion). The averages from September and May of this year (US$ 1.055 billion) were also the only averages recorded in 2012 that were above the US$ 1 billion level.
Representatives from 147 countries have expressed interest in assisting in the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.
On Monday (September 24), FIFA announced the final figures from the registration process for volunteers interested in participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the preliminary draws for these two competitions. The total number of candidates reached 130,919.
7,000 volunteers are expected to work during the Confederations Cup and 15,000 are expected during the 2014 World Cup.
Swimmer Daniel Dias may, once again, achieve a major title for Brazilian sport. On Monday (September 24), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the athletes in the running for the title of best male athlete for the months of August and September, based on results at the London Paralympic Games. The Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias is one of six nominated competitors. The athlete is one of the beneficiaries of the Athlete Scholarship program run by the Ministry of Sports.
The number of Internet users in Brazil increased by 10 million between 2009 and 2011, representing a growth of 14.7%, according to the National Household Survey (PNAD) released on Friday (September 21) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. The fastest growing durable goods were the personal computer with Internet access (39.8%), the personal computer (29.7%) and the cellphone (26.6%). The only product to see a decrease was the radio (-0.6%).
With the start of summer in the Antarctic continent, the Brazilian base will begin receiving emergency modules, providing continuity to the work of researchers in the region. Three Brazilian Navy ships and a vessel contracted for logistical support will set off next month for the icy continent in order to begin removing debris left over from the fire that destroyed the Comandante Ferraz Base in February of this year. The announcement was made by Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim.
On Saturday, September 8, during a press conference held at Casa Brasil in London, Brazil announced that it will host the next two editions of the Laureus Awards. The awards are considered among the most highly regarded for athletes in the world. It is the first time that the awards ceremony will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2012 edition was held last February in London.
In an official statement, the President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff congratulated the Brazilian athletes who competed in the Paralympic Games in London. Read the full text of the statement below:
"On behalf of all Brazilians, I salute the valiant athletes who represented Brazil at the Paralympic Games in London which closed on Sunday. Thanks to their strength, determination and ability to exceed limits, we achieved an unprecedented seventh place, winning 43 medals - 21 gold, 14 silver and 8 bronze.
Among the countries that make up the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), only Brazil managed to climb the global competitiveness ranking, prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and released today (September 5) by the Competitive Brazil Movement. Last year, the country occupied 53rd place on the list of the most competitive countries in the world and has now climbed to 48th position.
On Friday, August 31, the Education Minister Aloizio Mercadante received a delegation of representatives from 66 American universities, visiting Brazil to participate in the Education USA Fair, held in São Paulo. Led by US Under Secretary for International Trade, Francisco Sánchez, and accompanied by the country's Brazilian ambassador, Thomas Shannon, the delegation spoke to the minister about the Science without Borders program, which will send 101,000 scholarship students to U.S. universities in four years.
The Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, Fernando Pimentel, and the Minister of International Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba, Rodrigo Malmierca, signed a memorandum of understanding on August 30, 2012 in Havana, providing for a US$ 200 million loan to implement the More Food for Cuba program. The funds will be released in three installments – the first in 2012 and the next two in 2013 – and will serve to finance exports of Brazilian agricultural machinery and equipment.
On July 1 this year, the Brazilian population totaled 193,946,886, according to an estimate by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), published on August 31 in the Official Federal Gazette
According to the estimate, the population grew 1.57 million (0.81%) compared to July 2011. The projection indicates that the state of São Paulo is the most populous, with 41.9 million people (21.6% of the total population of the country).
The Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) will establish a partnership with the Department of Commerce of the United States (DOC) to promote internship opportunities for Brazilian students completing courses from the Science Without Borders program. The partnership will also include the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Brasil). As of today, 40 U.S. companies with branches in Brazil have already been confirmed by the ministry to be interested in participating in the project by opening internships.
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).
Brazil's role in providing food for the world was highlighted by the German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, during a meeting with Minister Mendes Ribeiro Filho this Monday morning (August 27). “Food security is one of the central problems facing the world today and will certainly become even more important in the coming years. Brazil plays the role of a ‘traffic light’ in international agricultural policy,” said Ilse Aigner.
Improvements in the schooling of Brazilians coupled with good economic performance over the past decade and public policies aimed at generating employment and income led to a reduction in informal labor between 2002 and 2009. The conclusion is part of the research project 'Recent Evolution of Informality in Brazil' by the researchers Fernando Holanda Barbosa Filho and Rodrigo Leandro de Moura from the Brazilian Institute of Economics at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (IBRE-FGV).