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).
Foreign direct investment (FDI), which is directed to the productive sector of the economy, reached US$ 8.421 billion in July according to figures released today (August 23) by the Central Bank of Brazil (BC).
The result exceeded the Central Bank´s projection of US$ 7 billion for the month and is the highest since December 2010, when US$ 15.37 billion were invested in Brazil. The result is also the highest recorded for the month of July since Central Bank records began in 1995. In July 2011 FDI stood at US$ 5.98 billion.
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Companies operating in the tourism sector recorded an increase in sales of 18.3% in 2011. Around 87% of business owners expect further expansion in 2012. The mood of optimism among the 80 largest companies in nine segments was observed by the Annual Survey of the Tourism Economic Environment (Pacet), undertaken by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation at the request of the Ministry of Tourism.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) launched the Strategic Program for Software and IT Services in São Paulo on Monday (Aug. 20). The ‘IT Maior’ program seeks to develop the Information Technology (IT) software and services sector. With investments of approximately R$ 500 million planned for the period 2012-2015, 'IT Maior' is structured around five pillars: economic and social development, international positioning, innovation and entrepreneurship, scientific, technology & innovation, and competitiveness.
The Port of Rio de Janeiro will receive around R$ 3 billion in investments by 2016, which should increase its capacity by 80%. The announcement was made today (Aug. 20) by the State Government. The funds will come from the private sector and all three levels of government (Federal, State and Municipal).
Having donating no less than US$ 75 million in food aid to countries facing crisis up to August of this year, Brazil is now considered to one of the international community’s largest contributors to the World Food Program (WFP). In 2011 the Brazilian government has donated over 300,000 tons of food to 35 countries. In addition, Brazil is considered to be one of the leading nations in supporting humanitarian aid.
The IODP - Capes/Brazil program was launched on Wednesday 8, which confirms Brazil's adhesion to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). The IODP is an international marine research program that uses heavy drilling equipment mounted on board vessels to monitor and take samples from the subsea environment.
A precise and detailed examination of the market for Software and Information Technology (IT) - this is what will be presented by the second edition of the study "IT Software and Services: Brazilian Industry in Perspective", to be launched in the MCTI auditorium at 11 am on Tuesday August 10th by Minister Marco Antonio Raupp together with the Association for the Promotion of Excellence in Brazilian Software (Softex).
'Amazônia Azul Tecnologias de Defesa' (AMAZUL) is the new public company created by President Dilma Rousseff through the sanctioning of Law No. 12,706. The company has a mandate to develop technologies for the Brazilian Nuclear Program and for the Navy’s nuclear area. It will also be responsible for developing projects and technologies for construction of Brazil's first nuclear-powered submarine.
The 2012 national grain harvest is expected to reach 163.3 million tons, 2% greater than in 2011 (160.1 million tons) and 1.6% above the June estimate.
The figures are part of the seventh estimate of the Routine Survey of Agricultural Production released today (Aug 9) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
The three principal crops (rice, corn and soybeans), which represent 91% of cereal, legume and oilseed production, account for 84.7% of the area to be harvested.
It was released on Monday evening, August 8, at the Embassy of Brazil in London, the Government Program of Olympic Observation (PGO), part of an agreement signed two years ago between the British Government and the Olympic Public Authority (APO) of Brazil. The initiative aims at the exchange of information about the organizationand conduct of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Brazilian Agency for Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brazil), from the Federal Government, signed on Monday in Rio de Janeiro a new partnership of the Sweet Brazil Project with the Brazilian Association of the Industry of Chocolate, Cocoa, Peanuts, Candies and Derivatives (Abicab). The initiative aims to enhance the internationalization of the national industry sector. In 2011, the industry exports reached US$ 336 million. The partnership has a value of R$ 5.3 million and involves the execution of actions in the period 2012-2014.
Deforestation in the Amazon fell 23% between August 2011 and July 2012 in comparison with the previous 12 months. The data released today (2) by the Ministry of the Environment show that 2,040 square kilometers were deforested in the last 12 months. Thus, nearly 700 square kilometers were spared in the comparison between the evaluated periods.
To ensure the quality and origin of the meat on the consumer's table, Embrapa Pecuária Sudeste (São Carlos-SP) has developed a system of animal identification and traceability, the "TAG Ativo" - Active TAG. The method starts with identification of the animal as soon as it is born using an electronic tag in the calf's ear. A radio frequency signal activates the tag, which transmits the number of the animal to a portable reader capable of large-capacity data storage.
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture reported on July 26 (2012) that funding for agriculture totaled R$ 106.4 billion during the last harvest, between July 2011 and June 2012. The amount is 0.4% higher than for the previous harvest, when financing of R$ 106 billion was released.