New vacancies were announced this week by the Science without Frontiers program for study in Australia, Belgium, Canada, South Korea, Spain, Holland and Portugal. The application deadline is April 30.
A cooperation agreement was signed on March 6 between the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/MCTI) and the Swedish-Brazilian Center for Research and Innovation (Cisb), aimed at promoting international exchange of students and researchers in the ambit of the Science Without Borders (CsF) program.
The Secretary of Innovation of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Nelson Fujimoto, was at the Fraunhofer Society (Germany) on March 8, to get acquainted with the experience of the largest applied research center in Europe. The institution, which promotes partnerships between the university, business sector and government, has more than 80 research units around the country.
The director of the South African Steve Biko Foundation, Nkosinathi Biko, proposed a series of partnerships to Minister of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Seppir), Luiza Barrios, on Friday 8. The partnerships are focused on the development of black leaderships in South Africa and Brazil.
President Dilma Rousseff met with the President of the Coordination Committee for the Rio 2016 Games and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Nawal El Moutawakel, on March 8, and heard a positive report on preparations for the games in Brazil. The Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, was present at the meeting in the Presidential Palace, and said that Nawal El Moutawakel had acknowledged the progress in preparing for the 2016 Olympics.
Granola, cereal bars and cookies made from products prepared from the biodiversity of the Brazilian savannas, such as baru almonds and babassu, among others, promise to delight palates at Expo West - Natural Products, the most important fair in the United States for the organic and natural products sector. With support from the Ministry of Agrarian Development, the 'Emporium Cerrado' community network is one of the cooperatives that will be present at the event.
A mission from the United Nations (UN) will undertake an official visit between March 5 and 10 to discuss details of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro in June. The mission of 20 delegates is led by the Rio+20 Secretary General, Sha Zukang.
Brazil and Colombia will enter into a bilateral border agreement to combat organized crime. The measure was discussed last Tuesday (Jan. 17) in Brasilia between the Colombian Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, and his Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim. The Colombian delegation is on an official visit to Brazil with the objective of strengthening military cooperation between the two countries.
Brazilian agribusiness related exports reached a new record. With the release of November trade balance numbers of agribusiness this Friday, December 9th, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies (Mapa) exceeds the goal forecasted to close this year, which was US$ 85 billion. According to the survey, the value accumulated from January to November 2011 is US$ 87.57 billion, 24.4% higher than that registered in the same period in 2010.
Brazil rose from seventh to sixth economy in the world, according to report released on December 18th by the World Bank. The International Comparison Program compared the size of the economy of 146 countries. The document revealed that Brazil accounts for half of the economy of South America. According to the report, the Brazilian Government expenditures correspond to two-thirds of the expenditure of Governments in the region. The research is based on 2005 numbers, when all the wealth produced around the world totaled US$ 55 trillion.
The President Dilma Rousseff addressed a message of optimism to the market for the next year. When speaking of the effects of the global crisis, Dilma said Brazil will be able to maintain a "very favorable" monetary policy and an “advantageous" credit situation.
"All our projects have matured and are reaching cruise speed in 2012. Economic stability and fiscal robustness will allow our monetary policy to remain very favorable to the country. Our credit situation is also extremely advantageous".
The new director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), José Graziano, said on Thursday (15) that the organisation is going to open three new offices in Brazil in early 2012.
According to him, the decision has already been negotiated with the ministry of Planning, Miriam Belchior, with the objective of accompanying sustainable development in different regions of the country. A proposal will be presented for opening of an office in the state of Paraná, one in the Northeast and another in the Amazon.
The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has approved funding for the construction of 26 wind farms, all in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, totaling R$ 1.8 billion, directed to four distinct projects. The enterprise will total an installed capacity of 628.8 megawatts and will demand total investments of R$ 2.6 billion.
The Science Corner project was launched yesterday (12), in Brasilia, a cooperation between the National Council for Science and Technology (CNPq) and the Embassy of the United States. The space, installed at the headquarters of CNPq, is open to the public and offers access to scientific books, magazines, DVDs, online databases and software.
The accumulated value from January to November 2011 is 24% higher than the same period last year. Brazilian agribusiness exports registered a new record. With the release of the November figures for the agribusiness trade balance this Friday, December 9, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) exceeds the forecast for the close of this year, which was US$ 85 billion. According to the survey, the cumulative value from January to November 2011 is US$ 87.57 billion, 24.4% higher than the same period in 2010.
Despite the downturn in economic activity, Brazil maintains the creation of formal jobs and low unemployment. The latest edition of the newsletter "Economia Brasileira em Perspectiva" ("The Brazilian Economy in Perspective"), released on Friday (December 9) by the Ministry of Finance estimates that domestic demand will continue to be the main driver for economic growth in Brazil in 2012, situated at a level of 5.6% of GDP, against 4.7% forecast for this year.
The Belo Monte hydroelectric plant, being built on the Xingu River (State of Pará), will cause less environmental impact than the use of alternatives to fossil fuels and costs will be lower than other renewable sources. That is the conclusion of a Comparison Study between Belo Monte and Alternative Projects: Environmental Impacts and Economic Competitiveness ("Impactos Ambientais e Competitividade Econômica") prepared by the Electricity Sector Study Group (Gesel), of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Business leaders, governments and non-governmental organizations in Brazil confirm that the required public policies on climate change and biodiversity are should start to be dealt with in a unified manner in Brazil. The sectors were gathered together on November at the 1st. Business Movement Seminar for Conservation and the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity ("MEB"), held in Cajamar in the State of São Paulo.
Primary products from forestry amounted to R$ 14.7 billion in 2010, R$ 1.1 billion more than in 2009. The data is part of the Research on Production from Vegetation Extraction and Forestry ("PEVS") 2010, released today (December 9) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
The Federal Government launched a set of actions for combating crack cocaine yesterday (December 7), with investment expected to reach R$ 4 billion by 2014. The actions are structured around three themes - care, prevention and authority - and will be developed in an integrated manner together with States and Municipalities.
After a difficult government negotiations, the rapporteur of the National Education Program (PNE) in the House of Deputies, Angelo Vanhoni (Workers Party - Paraná), defined 8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the target for public investment in the area of education, to be accomplished within ten years. The text was filed today (December 5) by Vanhoni. This increases the forecast for investment in education in relation to the initial proposal presented by the government, which contemplated application of 7% of GDP in the education sector.
Petrobras was doubly honored last night by Platts Global Energy Awards as the Energy Company of the Year and the Energy Producer of the Year. The company President, José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, received the award at a ceremony in New York, where the winners were announced.
The Ministry of science, technology and Innovation (MCTI) and the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) has already defined the model of the new space policy that aims to stimulate domestic production of satellites and the domain of technologies considered critical by the Government for the development of communications satellites, space observation and meteorology. The new policy will be in the National Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation that President Dilma Rousseff will launch later this month.
In July 2008, the Brazilian government began restricting credit extensions to Amazon farmers as a way to curb deforestation and promote sustainable forest use, through a resolution by the National Monetary Council. This resolution limited the extension of agricultural credits to producers registered in the Rural Property Certification Registry with an environmental permit or certificate of property.