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
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.