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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on March 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

POLITICS

President Dilma Rousseff vowed in an interview not to allow the specter of inflation to return to Brazil, saying her government could keep price rises under control without hurting economic growth (Reuters).

Anti-torture activists praised Brazil’s justice minister for supporting creation of a commission to investigate human rights abuses during the military dictatorship, although they consider the proposal “timid” (Washington Post).

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INTERNATIONAL

Obama is flying down to Rio. For many South Americans, the United States is no longer the only game in town (if it ever was). Trade with China is booming. Many South American countries feel increasingly confident that they can make their own mark in the world. That is especially true of Brazil, the most important leg of Mr Obama’s trip (The Economist).

Mr. Obama will encounter a noticeably different style of leader in Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president. But while Mr. Obama openly admired Mr. da Silva’s ample political skills, he may find the United States has more to gain from a Brazil led by the no-nonsense Ms. Rousseff, analysts said (New York Times).

Barack Obama’s trip to Brazil this weekend differs in a marked way from the previous 14 visits by US presidents, writes analyst Paulo Sotero (BBC).

Washington’s identification of Brazil with Latin America and the Third World hampers its appreciation of Brazil’s power and importance to the United States. It is true that Brazil is geographically part of Latin America, and it is also true that Brazil, a founder of the Group of 77, was, with India, among the original leaders of the “Third World.” But Brazil is Brazil—as large and every bit as unique as the United States or China (Luigi Enaudi on National Defense University).

President Obama will be warmly greeted by huge crowds in Brazil when he arrives March 19 for the beginning of a Latin American tour, but only modest progress can be expected on the agenda of foreign-policy problems confronting the two countries. There is only one thing that could dramatically elevate the significance of Obama’s visit — the U.S. president’s unambiguous endorsement of Brazil for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council (Miami Herald).

Rio do Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral said he expects US president Barack Obama to announce during his trip to Brazil that he supports Brasilia’s aspiration to hold a seat in a reformed UN Security Council (MercoPress).

When US president Barack Obama lands in Brazil the emphasis of the visit will be on deepening economic relations and potential business opportunities, but Brazil has made it plain clear that any free trade talks with the United States can only take place in the framework of Mercosur (MercoPress).

When top American officials have visited Brazil in the past, they often have asked what the United States can do to help Brazil’s economy, which has been buffetted by periodic financial crises. But when President Obama visits this weekend, he’ll be asking what Brazil can do for the U.S. economy (Washington Post).

Brazil and the United States, the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere, have a history of close business and diplomatic ties — as well as disputes over trade and other issues. Learn the HISTORY OF BRAZIL-U.S. TIES.

Senator Alvaro Dias (PSDB-PR) criticized Brazilian foreign policy in the administration of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for having approached dictatorships and subjected taxpayers to massive expenses due to the opening of embassies and consulates in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean without the necessary economic return and sufficient number of Brazilian residents to justify such actions (Senado Federal).

The Indian Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Anand Sharma, said that the India-Brazil bilateral trade would increase to $10 billion in the next few years from $7.73 billion in 2010 (India-Brazil Chamber).

Brazil’s powerful Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo State (Fiesp) is set to create a Chinese Studies Centre in partnership with the federal government, the president of the federation said in Sao Paulo (MercoPress).

Brazil imports too many knick-knacks from China complained Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, who next month makes an official state visit to the Asian giant, according to reports in the Sao Paulo press (MercoPress).

DEFENSE

Brazilian Armed Forces military equipment is ‘obsolete’ and not in condition to be displayed in case of a conflict according to an official reports published in the Folha de Sao Paulo (MercoPress).

French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised Brazil his government would support Dassault’s proposed technology transfer of its new fighter jet as the company seeks an edge in its bid to win a multibillion-dollar Brazilian military contract (Reuters).

The defense and security arm of Embraer has acquired a controlling interest in the radar division of Brazil’s OrbiSat da Amazonia. South America’s leading aerospace company said it has paid 28.5 million reals ($17.1 million) for a 64.7 percent holding. OrbiSat is known for radar technology able to remotely sense terrain under the cover of trees. The Brazilian Army is using the technology to map parts of the Amazon (Defense News).

INNOVATION

Brazil’s determination to boost innovation and productivity of local companies is being realized by the Financing Agency for Studies and Projects (FINEP), which helps fund the research and development of new enterprises in the country (CNTV).

By the end of March patients at the Federal Hospital in Ipanema, in Rio de Janeiro (Southeast Brazil) will begin taking part in the decisive phase of testing for new chemotherapy drug. The drug is being tested for the treatment of the most common type of malignant brain tumor (Portal Brasil).

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