The Latin American economy is recovering and will grow 1.6% in 2020 and 2.3% in 2021, driven by Brazil and despite the worsening of Mexico’s expansion forecasts and social unrest in Chile, according to the IMF report on “Global Economic Perspectives” presented today at the Davos Economic Forum.
Brazil Economy Minister Paulo Guedes attends this week the Davos Economic Forum, with the aim of attracting non-speculative foreign capital to finance projects, mainly infrastructure, showing the country’s improvements in inflation, risk, stock market rates and interests. The biggest attraction will be the privatisation and concessions package of state-owned companies, said the Privatisation Secretary, Salim Matar.
Mercosur trade deal is incompatible with the EU’s commitment to carbon neutrality and “may undermine global efforts to avert climate change”, according to analysis conducted for the Greens/European Free Alliance group. The political agreement reached in June by the EU and Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) is still in the process of technical and legal revision and subject to endorsement by national governments and the European Parliament. Austria, France and Ireland are set to block the deal.
Brazil meatpacking Marfrig Global Foods said on Monday that it had concluded early repayment of its most expensive debt, $446 million in bonds due in 2023. The bonds had an annual interest rate of 8% and had been issued in 2016. Early repayment was in line with a cost-cutting strategy, according to Marfrig.
Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro (PETR4.SA) has begun the “non-binding phase” of the process of selling its remaining 10% stake in its former pipeline subsidiary Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG). Petrobras sold a 90% stake in TAG to Engie’s (ENGIE.PA) Brazilian subsidiary and Canadian investment fund Caisse de Depot and Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) in April for $8.6 billion. Engie has said it intends to acquire the remaining stake.