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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on April 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

POLITICS

Senator Aécio Neves (PSDB-MG) drew up what he believes it is the opposition’s role in Dilma Rousseff’s government at the Senate’s Plenary. In his speech – heard by a crowded Plenary and applauded by almost all senators in the end– Aécio also highlighted achievements by former governments and emphasized the importance of politics for the understanding of the Brazilian diverse lines of thoughts (Senado Federal).

Brazilian lawmakers say they will propose a national vote on whether to ban the sale of guns, after a deadly shooting at a school last week (BBC).

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INTERNATIONAL

China and Brazil clinched a host of government agreements and economic deals in Beijing to enhance their strategic partnership as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff paid her first state visit to China (MercoPress).

China opened its market to Brazilian pork and Brazil’s meat packer Marfrig said it would invest heavily in distribution centres in China (MercoPress).

China plans to invest ten billion US dollars in the production, storage and transport of soybeans in Brazil to ensure the supply of the commodity of which it is the world’s main importer (MercoPress).

China’s hunger for raw materials and commodities is boosting Brazilian exports, while cheaper consumer goods coming from Asia is opening new horizons for Brazil’s growing middle class. China became Brazil’s largest trading partner in 2009, overtaking the United States which had held the position since the 1930s (BBC).

The president of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho, signed a Financial Cooperation Agreement with the presidents of the development banks in China, India, Russia and South Africa. Together with Brazil, these countries constitute the so-called BRICS (BNDES).

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DEFENSE

The Senate’s Plenary approved an agreement between Brazil and France, signed in December 2008, for cooperation in the production of submarines. The approved agreement establishes bilateral cooperation to develop and build conventional submarines of the type Scorpène (SBR), as well as of a submarine with a conventional weapon to receive a nuclear reactor to be developed by the Brazilian part (SNBR) (Senado Federal).

Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A, announced a follow-on sub-contract from Embraer Defense and Security to upgrade another 11 F-5 fighters under the F-5BR program. This order would take the FAB’s upgraded F-5EM fleet to 57 aircraft, including 11 (8 F-5Es, 3 F-5Fs) bought from the Jordanian Air Force (Defense Industry Daily).

BAE Systems and European armored vehicle rival Krauss-Maffei Wegmann are vying to upgrade the Brazilian Army’s M113 armored vehicle fleet (Defense News).

Embraer Defense and Security and the Argentine company FAdeA signed a partnership contract for the KC-390 program. The announcement was made during a press conference held at LAAD Defense and Security 2011, taking place in Rio de Janeiro. The agreement states that FAdeA will manufacture the spoilers (plates on the top surface of a wing for controlling wing lift), doors for the nose landing gear, ramp door, flap fairings, tail cone, and electronic cabinet (Embraer).

Organizacao Odebrecht, Brazil’s largest diversified construction group, plans to create a defense and security unit as the government seeks to beef up the nation’s defense capabilities, Valor Economico newspaper reported (Reuters).

Brazil suspended plans to buy at least four MI-35 helicopters from Russia, O Estado de S. Paulo reported (Bloomberg).

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