Brazil tops the list of recipients of agrochemical products classified as “highly dangerous,” accounting for about $3.3 billion in 2018, according to Unearthed, a journalism group funded by Greenpeace UK, and the Swiss NGO Public Eye. “The approval of new pesticides by Brazilian regulators, including those containing HHPs (highly hazardous pesticides), has grown under the governments of Michel Temer and Jair Bolsonaro,” the report says. The pesticides market is dominated by five companies – Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, FMC and Corteva (formerly Dow and DuPont).
Brazil presented on Sunday to the financial G20 meeting in Riyadh its ‘Programa Verde Amarelo’ (Yellow Green Program) with which the Jair Bolsonaro government seeks to generate 1.8 million jobs in three years for young people aged 18 to 24. This represents a 2% increase in the employed population and a projected reduction of more than 30% in labour costs for companies, said the Secretary of International Economic Affairs, Erivaldo Gomes, replacing the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, who did not attend the meeting in Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. has reopened its doors to fresh beef from Brazil after a more than two-year ban, in a significant win for President Jair Bolsonaro ahead of a scheduled meeting with Donald Trump in March. Brazil can now begin shipping raw meat from cattle slaughtered from Feb. 21, according to a letter sent by the Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Brazilian minister. The U.S. suspended imports in 2017 after finding meat containing blood clots and lymph nodes. In 2016, sales of fresh Brazilian beef to the United States totalled $284 million.
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. The date of the trip, however, and the official agenda have not yet been released.
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. Unlike regional peers like Chile and Mexico, the central bank in Brazil doesn’t have formal autonomy from the government. Its head is named by the president and has a similar rank to cabinet ministers.
“What we want from and with Argentina is Mercosur, a good relation, but having democracy and freedom above all”, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday. He expects foreign ministers of both countries agree on a new date for a meeting with his peer Alberto Fernández after the suggested summit in Montevideo on March 1 fell through due to the Argentina Congress opening sessions on the same day.
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.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday hosts Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Solá, who will also meet his counterpart Ernesto Araújo. They will discuss bilateral trade, the Mercosur customs union and Venezuela, according to official sources. Relations between the two key trade partners worsened late last year as Bolsonaro’s far-right administration clashed with Alberto Fernandez’s left-leaning government.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro sent a message to Congress saying that his legislative priorities for the year are the tax reform, the autonomy of the central bank, Eletrobras privatisation, entry to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), job creation and the enactment of a regulatory framework for public sanitation. Lawmakers returned from the Christmas break focusing on local elections in October, something that can hamper the passage of substantial laws this year.
The BRIPAEM block is coordinating the trip of an Argentine trade mission to Iran with the purpose of strengthening agribusiness relations that could affect Brazil’s food exports to the Persian country estimated at $ 2.2 billion in 2019. Iran is the fourth largest importer of Brazilian food. Relations with Tehran became tense after Jair Bolsonaro’s support to Donald Trump’s decision to kill General Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad.