Brazil climbed from sixth to fourth among the main foreign investment destinations in the world in 2019, thanks to its program of privatisation of federal companies, according to a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). Brazil received $ 75 billion in foreign investments last year, against $ 60 billion in 2018 (+ 26%) and the trend will continue in 2020 with the privatization of large companies such as Eletrobras and Telebras, the report says.
The Brazilian trade balance registered a negative balance of $816 million in the third week of January, according to data from the Ministry of Economy. The main factor was the decrease in sales of manufactured and semi-manufactured products. Combining the first three weeks, the exported value is $8.85 billion and the imported value is $7.91 billion.
Chinese beef importers are seeking to renegotiate prices previously agreed when they closed deals to buy dozens of shipments from Brazil. Some of them are refusing to pay for shipments that already arrived in China. Brazilian beef exports to China increased more than 50% last year helping beef prices in Brazil to reach an all-time high.
The GDP of 83% of 193 countries grew faster than Brazil’s in the period 2010-2019, one of the worst decades of its economic expansion, according to a study by economist Marcel Balassiano of the Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Ibre / FGV). Based on data from the IMF, the report establishes an average growth of 1.3% per year in that period, almost a third of the world average (3.8% per year).
The International Monetary Fund improved its economic growth forecast for Brazil and projects a 2.2% increase in its GDP for this year and 2.3% by 2021. In its last “World Economic Outlook” the IMF says that this variation of 0.2% in relation to its projection in October 2019 is due to the approval of the Brazilian Pension Reform and improvements in the mining sector.
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.
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.