With the publication of CAMEX (Foreign Trade Chamber) Resolution No. 90 and CAMEX Resolution No. 91 in Wednesday's edition of the Official Federal Gazette (DOU), the Foreign Trade Chamber, presided over by the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), reached the milestone of 2,864 temporary import duty reductions (known as 'ex-tarifários' in Portuguese) approved in 2012.
The Brazilian Social and Economic Development Bank (BNDES) has approved the grant of a bridge loan in the amount of R$ 488 million to Inframérica, the Concessionaire of Brasilia Airport, to begin the expansion, maintenance and operation of the Brasilia–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport in the Federal District, Brazil.
On December 14, the President of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), Jorge Almeida Guimarães, signed an agreement that includes the participation of Irish higher education institutions in the Science without Borders program (CsF). The document provides for the initial offering of up to 1,000 scholarships per year in undergraduate sandwich programs.
On December 14, President Dilma Rousseff and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed cooperation agreements in the areas of defense, education and technology at the Kremlin in Moscow. Rousseff stated that cooperation in innovation is key to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries and said she was positive with regard to the willingness expressed by Russia to participate in the Science without Borders program.
The Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) today announced the General Course Index (IGC), an annual evaluation of courses and Brazilian higher education institutions relating to 2011. 8,665 courses were evaluated to form the grades for 1,387 universities, colleges, and academic centers. According to the Minister of Education, Aloizio Mercadante, there was a general improvement in higher education over the last three years.
On November 30, the federal government announced a decision on the bill amending the rules governing the distribution of oil royalties. The President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff, opted to fully associate (through municipalities, states and the federal government) the royalty funds from future concessions to education as of next year. It was also decided that 50% of the revenue from the Pre-salt Social Fund will go to education.
On December 6, the federal government will announce measures that seek to modernize ports. The announcement was made by President Dilma Rousseff during the inauguration of improvement works at the Itaqui Port in São Luís
The president said the package will include a new set of regulatory rules, actions and investments. According to Rousseff, the measures are intended to provide stability for investment in the sector, increase competitiveness and reduce bureaucracy.
Kicking off day one of the COP 18 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, the head of the Brazilian delegation Ambassador André Corrêa do Lago said he believes the conference will be a landmark for international climate change negotiations.
The unit will monitor the water quality, environmental factors and health conditions of the population of Cap-Haïtien, with an investment of R$ 700,000
With the partnership, the Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports aims to promote Brazil as an innovative and sustainable country
On November 21, FIFA announced that the Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brasil) concluded an agreement to be the fifth National Supporter of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
As of this Tuesday, November 20, the Science without Borders program has openedinscriptions for a further 18,000 scholarships abroad. The Science without Borders program seeks to promote the consolidation, expansion and internationalization of Brazilian science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international exchange and mobility. To President Dilma Rousseff, the results achieved so far show that it is progressing toward the goal of taking 101,000 students overseas by 2014.
On Monday, November 19, the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade signed a funding agreement in Belo Horizonte for the construction of a semiconductor factory in Ribeirão das Neves, in the Metropolitan Region of the state capital.
The Brazilian National Immigration Council has approved new rules, eliminating a series of requirements and facilitating the arrival of workers to these events
Brasilia (October 5) - The Second Invitation for the submission of proposals on technological cooperation between Brazil and Israel was released on Monday (November 5), in a meeting at the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). The initiative is part of the activities envisaged in the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Bilateral Cooperation in Industrial Research and Development in the Private Sector.
Brasilia (DF) – Hotel businesses in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador have 60 days, until January 1, 2013, to complete adaptation to the new National System of Guest Registration (SNRHos), from the Ministry of Tourism. The online platform is available in the six host cities of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 which will be the first cities to begin transmission of the National Guest Registration (FNRH) through the new system which aims to modernize and streamline the analysis of tourism statistics across the country.
The goal is to increase household production and income, with a strategy allied to the preservation of forest areas
Macapá (Amapá) – 14,000 extractivist families will receive technical guidance to improve production and increase income. The announcement of a new tender for the selection of a company to provide technical assistance services to this segment was made on Tuesday by Pepe Vargas, Minister of Agrarian Development, during the opening of the 3rd National Congress of Extractivist Populations in Macapá, in Amapá.
Brazil, home to the greatest biodiversity on the planet, has officially joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). Founded in 2001, with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, the organization is considered the largest global initiative of its kind, providing free access to data over the Internet.
On Friday (October 26), the Official Federal Gazette published new rules from the Ministry of Justice that define how the application for permanent residence in Brazil should be made by refugees from Angola and Liberia. The application is necessary since the Ministry of Justice has suspended the refugee status of the two groups, under the guidance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as the conflicts recognized as posing a risk have ended in both countries.
The Brazilian government intends to intensify trade relations in Turkey by means of a business mission. Between October 30 and 31, Brazilian business people are participating in roundtables to enter and expand business activities in Turkish markets and countries in the region, including Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Minister Marco Antonio Raupp from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and the Russian ambassador in Brazil, Sergey Akopov, discussed new possibilities for cooperation in science and technology on Thursday (October 25) in Brasilia. The meeting precedes a visit by President Dilma Rousseff to Russia which is scheduled for December.
Brasilia, 25/10/2012 – Sustainable procurement conducted by the Brazilian government grew 194% in the first nine months of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. This year, goods and services that take environmental, social and economic criteria into account in all stages of their production cycle accounted for approximately R$ 25.8 million in purchases. This data was taken from the Federal Government Procurement Portal (Comprasnet) by the Ministry of Planning (MP) on Thursday, October 25, and includes data from federal public administration departments.
The Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur) yesterday launched the Trip Planner application on Facebook. This allows foreign travelers to gain access to tourism services and providers in Brazil. The digital communication tool was presented to 25,000 tourism professionals from Brazil and abroad during the 40th Edition of the Tourism Fair of the Americas (ABAV-2012) which began on Wednesday (November 24) and continues until Friday (November 26), at the Riocentro Exhibition Center in Rio de Janeiro.
On a visit to the U.S. capital, Washington, Antonio Patriota, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has said that the Brazilian and U.S. governments need to remove barriers before reaching the desired visa waiver agreement. At a news conference yesterday, alongside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he added that the requirement is not yet close to an end.
Decree unifying the state and federal records will allow the environmental status of more than 4.8 million properties to be assessed