Category: Macroeconomy/Finance

Information regarding Brazil’s finance sector and the country’s macroeconomy.

Bolsonaro to discuss a Tesla plant in Brazil on next visit to the US

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter on Friday that he will be discussing the potential opening of a Tesla plant in Brazil during his trip to the United States in March, among other issues. On Thursday, Eduardo Bolsonaro, President’s son and lawmaker said he participated in a video conference with the Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, and the minister-adviser of the US embassy, William Popp, to discuss the attraction of Tesla’s investment.

GPA may sell $700 million in assets in coming months

Brazilian supermarket chain GPA SA, controlled by French retailer Casino Guichard Perrachon SA, could sell more than R$3 billion ($683.99 million) in assets in the coming months, its CFO Christophe José Hidalgo said after weaker-than-expected quarterly results hammered its shares. They may include real estate assets, gas stations and even operations in Argentina or Uruguay. His remarks come as consolidation intensifies in Brazil’s food retailing amid fierce competition from regional players and GPA’s largest rival Carrefour Brasil SA.

Bolsonaro resists bid to make Central Bank to target growth

Brazil’s government is trying to fight off a move by some lawmakers to grant the central bank autonomy and force it to target growth as well as inflation. Opposition lower house deputies plan to present an amendment to the autonomy bill that would set an additional target for the central bank – either employment or growth level – alongside its mandate to keep prices stable. The autonomy bill is ready to be put to a vote in the lower house.

Lindal Group to start contruction of $25mn landmark facility in Brazil

Global aerosol dispensing company, LINDAL Group has held a ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction for its $25m landmark facility in Brazil, a project which represents the company’s largest investment to date.  Work began at the Industrial Park in Jundiai, SÃo Paulo where a formal gathering was attended by Mayor of Jundiai, Luiz Fernando Machado, and LINDAL representatives, including; CEO Francois-Xavier Gilbert, and Managing Director of LINDAL Brazil, Moacir Camargo.

Brazilian soybean exports could hit 9 million mt in February, up 80% on year: Conab

Brazil is the world’s largest soybean producer and exporter. According to agricultural consultancy AgRural, Brazil’s soybean harvest reached 21% of the projected area of 36.4 million ha in the 2019-20 crop year (September-August) as of February 13, up 5 percentage points week on week on favorable weather in the key producing states of Mato Grosso, Goias and Mato Grosso do Sul.

Brazil oil workers clash with Petrobras in 18-day strike

Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras are locked in a power struggle over plans to shift focus away from non-core assets, with a federation of unions saying that 21,000 employees in 13 states (60% of the company’s workforce) are on strike indefinitely. Petrobras did not confirm those numbers but said it has been able to maintain oil and gas production levels and meet fuel demand across the country by bringing in temporary workers on emergency contracts.

Brazil analyses a $5bn bi-national hydroelectric power plant with Bolivia

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.