On Monday (April 1), the President of the National Social and Economic Development Bank (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho, signed the Inova Energy Plan cooperation agreement which is to provide R$ 3 billion in investment to develop the Brazilian energy sector.
ANISA operations in international inspections are to be bolstered by local and state health inspectors. As of now, Agency inspections in factories located abroad may be performed by local public health servants trained in Good Manufacturing Practices.
Managed by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), the Amazon Fund closed the year 2012 with 36 approved projects, totaling R$ 439.8 million. Of this amount, R$ 134.7 million are meant for activities related to sustainable production, R$ 154.6 million for institutional development of environmental agencies, R$ 45.8 million for environmental and land regularization and R$ 104.8 million for scientific and technological development.
The Minister Gilberto Carvalho (Secretary General) arrived on Tuesday (3/26) in Tunis/Tunisia, where he participates in the World Social Forum 2013 (WSF), a civil society initiative that aims to discuss and formulate alternatives for global agenda.
“The main objective of our participation is to show the Brazilian experience of ruling with social participation," said Carvalho, who attended the official opening of the event on the campus of the University of El Manar.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Finance and bilateral agreement of currency swap were announced on Tuesday in Durban
During the meeting of Ministers of Finances and presidents of Central Bank of BRICS in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday (26), the Minister of Finance of China, Lou Jiwei, and the Minister of Finance of Brazil, Guido Mantega, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the institutions on Bilateral Cooperation on Macroeconomic, Tax and Financial Policies.
On March 12, the National Immigration Council (CNIg) established the Special Commission to Study the Brazilian System of Qualified Labor Migration. The commission was created to study changes to simplify the procedures practiced in Brazil for issuing work visas, thereby speeding up decisions regarding the arrival of skilled labor in the country. The Commission is to produce a report on its findings by June 30.
The Metal Structure Fabrication Unit (UFEM), an important part of the Submarine Development Program (Prosub), will be inaugurated by President Dilma Rousseff on March 1, in Itaguaí (in the state of Rio de Janeiro). The delivery of the unit, the construction of which began three years ago, is the first part of the infrastructure that will enable the country to build and maintain conventional and nuclear-powered submarines in the national territory.
Research and development in information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the country is to receive an investment of R$ 300 million over the next five years. The initiative is part of an agreement which was signed today (February 27) between the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and the Ministry of Education (MEC), with Intel Brazil.
In January of this year, 28,900 formal jobs were created in the country, corresponding to a growth of 0.07% over the previous month, according to data from the General Register of Employed and Unemployed Persons (CAGED), released on Friday (February 22) by the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE). 1,794,272 admissions and 1,765,372 dismissals were declared during the month, the highest figures for the period.
Foreign tourists have never spent as much in Brazil as they did in January. The foreign exchange earnings from tourism of US$ 695 million is a record figure for the month. It exceeds the US$ 666 million spent in tourist destinations across the country in the same period last year by 4.42%.
"The result is of great importance if we consider the international situation in the main countries of origin of tourists visiting Brazil, such as Argentina, the United States and European countries," said Tourism Minister, Gastão Vieira.
While visiting Cascavel (in the state of Paraná) on Monday, February 4, President Dilma Rousseff said that the federal government will expand funds and lower interest rates for the agricultural sector. According to the president, who attended a delivery ceremony for 29 backhoes to municipalities in Paraná, the record figures for the 2012/2013 harvest will be further improved upon this year.
Proposals will be accepted for support to training programs, the development of film and TV projects, and co-production of Ibero-American films
On Thursday, January 31, BNDES and the National Cinema Agency (ANCINE) released a new line of credit, in the amount of R$ 146 million, designed to accelerate the process of installing digital upgrades in Brazilian movie theaters.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Culture, Marta Suplicy, the President of ANCINE, Manoel Rangel, and BNDES Director of Industry, Julio Ramundo, at a ceremony in the Sala Funarte in Rio de Janeiro.
The Ministry of Education (MEC) will make approximately R$ 80 million available to finance university extension programs and projects. According to the MEC portal, public higher education institutions have until March 22 to submit proposals for extension activities. Through the University Extension Program (PROEXT), educational institutions will be able to apply for funding of up to R$ 50,000 per project and up to R$ 150,000 per program.
The reduction of bank interest rates, led by public banks since April last year, has allowed micro and small enterprises to seek credit from banking institutions. Small businesses took R$ 182.3 billion in credit last year from Banco do Brasil (BB) and the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal) alone, 34.7% more than in 2011.
The Brazilian Social and Economic Development Bank (BNDES) is to invest R$ 1.858 trillion between 2013 and 2016. Last year, total investments amounted to approximately R$ 156 billion, up 12% compared to 2011, and a total of R$ 2.394 trillion was invested between 2008 and 2012. The figures were released today (January 22) by the president of the bank, Luciano Coutinho, at the head office in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Financing granted by official banks to businesses in the tourism sector between January and November 2012 reached record numbers. The R$ 9.83 billion released during the period, even while not taking into account the December result, represents the best annual performance since 2003 when the Ministry of Tourism began to coordinate with public banks to provide specific credit lines for the sector.
Economic regulation has allowed medications to arrive in the hands of Brazilians at prices 35% lower, on average, than those requested by the pharmaceutical industry. A study released by the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), on Tuesday, January 15, analyzed the maximum prices established by the Chamber for the Regulation of the Pharmaceutical Market (CMED). 1,115 presentations (pharmaceutical forms such as ointment, syrup, tablet, etc) for 433 medications were approved between March 2004 and December 2011.
Law no. 12.783, extending electricity generation concessions and reducing industry charges so as to provide lower rates to consumers, was published in the Official Federal Gazette on Monday (January 14). According to the Ministry of Finance, the average of 20.2% (see table) reduction in rates will lower inflation between 0.5 and 1 percentage point, as measured by the Extended National Consumer Price Index (IPCA).
National grain production for the 2012/2013 period is expected to reach 180.41 million tons, according to the fourth survey conducted by the National Food Supply Company (CONAB). According to data released on January 9, the volume represents an increase of 8.6% or 14.23 million tons compared to the previous season (166.17 million tons).
The Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur) is currently bringing together images from all five regions of Brazil. The goal is to renew the image bank of Brazilian tourist attractions, focusing on the Sun and Beach, Ecotourism, Sports, Culture, Business and Events segments. In all, 25,000 new images will be made available free of charge, to be used in initiatives which promote the country as a tourist destination.
A preview of the new image bank is available at: http://on.fb.me/U0Ybzw
Registrations for student exchange sandwich programs in France are open until January 14 through the Science without Borders program. In total, students from 18 different disciplines may apply for places. Successful university students will receive a scholarship to the amount of € 870 (around R$ 2,300) per month, in addition to assistance with settling in the country, traveling, purchasing educational material, health insurance and enrollment fees. Activities in French universities are expected to begin in September.
In 2012, Brazilian exports achieved the second highest value since trade balance records began, with a value of US$ 242.6 billion, second only to the figure registered in 2011 (US$ 256 billion), representing a fall of 5.3%.
The same situation was seen with imports which closed the year at US$ 223.1 billion, a 1.4% drop compared to the record set in 2011 (US$ 226.2 billion). With these results, the trade surplus was US$ 19.4 billion and trade flow, US$ 465.7 billion.
The UN High Level Forum on Sustainable Development, formed by ministers from over 190 countries, will work towards consolidating the goals and objectives set during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio +20) in June this year, with Brazil as one of the co-chairs of the forum. Informal meetings will be held as of January, and in September, days before the General Assembly of the United Nations, the first formal meeting of the group will take place.