News from Brazil

Politics & Government

In Brazil on December 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm


President-elect Dilma Rousseff’s transition team announced three more ministers who will serve in her incoming government. Carlos Lupi will stay on as labor minister, Izabella Teixeira will remain at the helm of the environment ministry and Fernando Haddad will continue to head the education ministry (Reuters).

The other ministers that have so far been confirmed can be found here.

On presenting a review of his eight years in office, president Lula da Silva forecasted that Brazil would become the world’s fifth economy by 2016. He also underlined that under his administration combating hunger had become a “national cause” and for him a personal pride (MercoPress).

A human rights court said that a Brazilian amnesty law covering crimes during the country’s 21-year dictatorship was invalid and that the country was responsible for the forced disappearance of at least 70 peasants and militants who were part of a resistance movement (New York Times).

Brazil’s recent discovery of massive offshore hydrocarbon reserves, known as pre-salt reserves, raises a question. Will the nation continue to invest in biodiesel production given its new found capacity to produce all of its diesel from the pre-salt reserves? This article by Mark S. Langevin provides an analysis of the PNPB and suggests that this national policy provides sufficient economic, environmental, and social incentives to insure its preservation and even expansion in the years to come.


According to Antonio Patriota, Brazil’s next Foreign Minister, Brazil has the necessary conditions, and authority, to actively participate in the current international transformations as the world moves away from the “traditional governance mechanisms”, and for which Brazil, India and South Africa have become “unavoidable partners” in the decision making process (MercoPress).

President-elect Dilma Rousseff will attempt to strengthen Mercosur institutions and establish a protagonist dialogue with United States, according to the presidential advisor on international affaire Marco Aurelio García who has been confirmed in his post (MercoPress).

Bridges, highways, petrochemical, steel and power plants, aqueducts, agriculture, livestock and abattoirs, shipyards and even simple cable cars are among Brazilian major corporations’ contribution to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez construction of “Socialism XXI century”, according to Fernando Portela president of the Brazilian/Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MercoPress).

The South American trade bloc Mercosur launched a plan to adopt common trade, investment and immigration policies to help underpin unprecedented economic growth in the region (Reuters).

Member nations of Mercosur will seek to boost economic and political ties with Cuba in a bid to make the communist island an associate member of the South American trade bloc (Bloomberg).


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Embraer announced the creation of Embraer Defense and Security, which is an important step in consolidating the Company’s central position in the process of strengthening Brazil’s defense and security industry.

Embraer’s new business will surpass 1.5 billion Real in sales next year. In 2009, Embraer had 949 million Reais ($553.8 million) in sales from its defence division. The world’s third-largest aircraft-maker produces the light attack aircraft known as Super-Tucano and is developing a military transport, dubbed KC-390, that should have its first flight in 2014 (MercoPress).

Brazil announced over the weekend it has successfully launched a medium sized rocket developed in the country which included several micro-gravity test instruments all of which were rescued from the sea following an 18 minutes flight (MercoPress).