Month: January 2020

Brazil rose to the fourth global investment destination in 2019

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 last decade was one the worst for the Brazilian economy

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).

Brazil’s GDP will grow 2.2% in 2020 according to the IMF

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.

Paulo Guedes seeks to “sell” Brazil in Davos

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 deal at odds with EU carbon neutrality aim, study claims

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.

Petrobras moves forward in process to sell remaining stake in TAG

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.