Brazil is studying the construction of a bi-national hydroelectric plant with Bolivia on the Mamoré river (northwest of the country) at a cost of $5 billion, said the Brazilian general director of Itaipu Binacional, general Joaquim Silva e Luna. In the next three years, Itaipú Binacional will have its debt settled for the construction of its plant, which will release about $2 billion annually, half for Paraguay and half for Brazil, which can count on this money to invest in the construction of the new central, he said.
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The Funding for Soy Farmers in the Cerrado Initiative (FSFCI) launched by Nutreco, Grieg Seafood and Tesco in December has already secured more than $14 million to provide savanna soy producers with financial incentives to ensure that future soy cultivation expansion in the Cerrado biome only is carried out on existing agricultural lands. The exact mechanism by which these funds will be disbursed has not yet been developed.
The Brazilian unit of France’s Carrefour SA has agreed to buy 30 stores and 14 gas stations in 17 states from rival retailer Makro’s Brazilian subsidiary for 1.95 billion reais ($453.69 million), the French retailer said in a securities filing on Sunday. The stores will be integrated into the cash & carry Atacadão chain. Makro will continue to operate in Brazil but with only 24 stores in the country’s richest state, Sao Paulo.
A Brazilian Minas Girais state judge has accepted charges of homicide against Vale SA former Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman and 15 others related to the disaster at the iron ore miner’s Brumadinho tailings dam a year ago that killed 270 people. Prosecutors allege Vale, Brazil’s largest mining company, and German inspection firm TÜV SÜD systematically and intentionally hid information about safety issues at its tailings dams for years.
The General Price Index-10 (IGP-10) had a positive change of 0.01% in February, after increasing 1.07% in January, according to data released today by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). With this result, the index accumulated an increase of 1.08% in the year and 7.39% in 12 months. In February 2019, the index had registered an increase of 0.40% in the month and an increase of 6.98% in 12 months.
Opposition lawmakers called on Brazil’s Congress to reject a proposal by President Jair Bolsonaro to open indigenous reservations to commercial mining, saying it will endanger 200 tribes protected over decades by indigenous rights. Brazil has the largest number of isolated and uncontacted indigenous groups, 114 of the 185 known to exist in South America, said expert Antenor Vaz, who warned of the risk of ethnocide.
Banco do Brasil expects to post a return on equity above 18% this year and a net income between R$18.5bn and R$20.5bn after reporting Q4 profit rose by a fifth to R$4.62bn ($1.06bn). CEO Rubem Novaes, who has pushed unsuccessfully to privatise the entire bank, said that the lender will likely raise “billions of reais” from the sale of at least 51% of the lender asset management unit.
The Brazilian Senate has chosen to keep the veto on bill 8322/14 that grants a tax exemption for solar equipment imports. The government argued that the exemption could decrease the Federal revenue as it did not present compensation measures which is mandatory under the Fiscal Responsibility Law.
Comgás, the largest gas distributor in Brazil with 2 million customers, posted a net income of R$367.1 million ($85 million) in Q4 of 2019, which represented a 57.2% drop compared to the same period of 2018 , according to the company’s latest report. The net debt, which was previously R$1.5 billion, more than doubled and reached the level of R$3.5 billion. So far this year, the company made a profit of R$1.3 billion, an increase of 2.1%.
Fiat Chrysler Latin America CEO, Antonio Filosa, expects auto sales in the region to grow 1.5% this year, to 4.2 million units, as Brazil’s economic recovery offsets economic crises in other markets such as Argentina. He predicts a 6% rise in Brazil, with Fiat sales increasing by 7% to 9%. The automaker will increase its powertrain production this year and begin sales of a 100% electric vehicle in Brazil.