Day: December 12, 2019

30 non-profit groups cautions potential investors in Brazilian meat companies

An international group of 30 non-profit groups, including Global Witness, Rainforest Action and Greenpeace Brasil, published an open letter on Wednesday warning investors considering buying shares in two Brazilian meat giants of their exposure to deforestation. Shares held by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) in JBS and Marfrig – two of the world’s biggest meat companies – will go on sale next year. 

Chinese hunger for donkey skin could wipe out species in Brazil within 5yrs

Since agreeing to export donkey meat and leather to China in July 2017, over 100,000 donkeys have been killed in three slaughterhouses in Bahia, and the state’s goal is to export 200,000 a year – even though, according to official statistics from 2012, Brazil is home to just over 900,000 donkeys. If the slaughter hits the rates sought by China, donkeys could disappear from Brazil in less than five years. China consumes almost five million donkey skins a year – each worth up to £3,000 on the Asian market.

Central Bank Cuts SELIC Interest Rate 4.5%

In a statement, the Central Bank pointed out that it sees the Brazilian economy gaining ground and that “the recovery will continue at a gradual pace”. The Monetary Policy Committee (COPOM) decided on Wednesday to cut the SELIC by 0.5 percentage point for the fourth consecutive time, bringing interest rates down to 4.5 percent, the lowest basis interest rate in history.

Brazil to honour $465 mn in UN and BRICS bank debts but no other in 2019

The federal government will pay debts of R$1.815 billion to the United Nations (UN) and the BRICS bank (a group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) by the end of the year. On the other hand, it will no longer honor commitments to the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest), the Financial Fund for the Development of the La Plata Basin (FONPLATA), and the International Development Agency (IDA).