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Digital media consultant and journalist. Passionate about history.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says bill to allow mining on native reserves ready

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that a bill authorising mining on protected indigenous reserves was ready and only needed to be sent to Congress for consideration. Bolsonaro told supporters that indigenous people should also be allowed to commercially farm on reserves, a practice currently prohibited, and that native populations should be involved in a drive to expand the country’s beef production.

Brazil considers to tax online transactions

Brazil’s Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said he had reached agreement with Congressional leaders on modernizing the country’s complex tax system next year and one option could be taxing online transactions. Brazil has brought its snowballing public debt under control with reform of the costly pension system and spending cuts, he said, while interest rates are at record lows after the central bank cut its benchmark Selic rate to 4.50%.

Brazil probe into Petrobras widened to Maersk shipping contracts

Brazilian authorities targeted Maersk and other companies for allegedly paying bribes to get an edge in securing shipping contracts with Petrobras. Federal prosecutors said that Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, was involved in allegedly paying $3.4 million in bribes related to 11 shipping contracts with Petrobras, worth 592 million reais ($141.07 million).

Brazil congressional committee approves 2020 budget

A Brazilian congressional committee on Tuesday approved the government’s budget for next year, with the bill based on projected 2.32% GDP growth in 2020 to be put to a vote in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. The government projections contained in the budget proposal see inflation at 3.52% for next year, the benchmark Selic interest target at 4.40% and an average exchange rate of 4 reais to the dollar.

Banking Apps Spread In Brazil As Critics Note Potential For Shakeout

With a bewildering number of choices, banking apps fuelled by Tencent Holdings Ltd, SoftBank Group Corp, and other players are spreading in Brazil, as some critics note a shakeout is looking more probable. Customers buy products, get loans and open checking accounts that are no-fee by tapping into digital wallets from merchants like Lojas Americanas, the Avai football team, or the MercadoLibre shopping platform, Reuters reported.