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In Brazil on May 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm


Render of the Localiza building for Belo Horizonte (Skyscrapercity).


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No doubt the biggest and most important business centres of Brazil are the megacities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and do not forget most other state capitals like Belo Horizonte, Salvador da Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.  But Brazil is big and there are plenty of other fast developing cities, not being state capitals. So for a minute forget Sao Paulo, Rio and those other 2014 World Cup host cities and check out Brazil Weekly’s Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities.



Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, the largest city in the Amazon region (population 2.2 million) and the center of manufacturing, commerce and finances in the Northern region of Brazil, is presently faced with record-breaking water levels in local rivers. The city sits on the banks of the Rio Negro, close to its mouth where it flows into the Amazon River (Agencia Brasil).


Campaigning political reporter and blogger Décio Sá was killed last week by a gunman in Maranhão state in Brazil’s north-east. Mr. Sá, who worked for O Estado do Maranhão newspaper for seventeen years, was gunned down in a bar in the state capital São Luís on Monday, April 23rd (Rio Times).


An investigation by the Polícia Federal (Federal Police) has found links between Brazilian construction giant Delta Construção, who walked out on the Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) consortium last week, and the now infamous Carlinhos Cachoeira (Waterfall) – the businessman at the center of a corruption scandal which could implicate a large network of businessmen and politicians in the country (The Rio Times).

For both short-term visitors and those living in Rio, a nice day trip escape from the crowded beaches of Zona Sul (South Zone) is the sprawling coastline of Barra de Tijuca and Recreio Beach in Zona Oeste (West Zone). Tranquil nature and serene beaches as well as restaurants and shopping malls can be found just hours outside of Rio’s city center (depending on the traffic) (The Rio Times).

The number of cases of dengue registered in the first four months of 2012 in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro has reached 75% of the total number of cases registered in all of 2011 (Agencia Brasil).



The World Bank approved a 480 million dollars loan to strengthen public investment in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul which will benefit around ten million people (MercoPress).


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