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04/08/06 A Revitalized FTAA Takes Shape Spurred by Bilateral Agreements and China

Critics of a free trade agreement in the Americas like to point to what they perceive as missed deadlines and lost opportunities to argue that a hemisphere-wide pact is dead and gone.     But such thinking ignores a fundamental...

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04/08/06 Brazil: An Attractive Alternative for Intellectual Property Outsourcing

    Outsourcing to Brazil is a good alternative.  When most businesses think of outsourcing to offshore companies, developing countries such as China and India initially come to mind.  These as well as many other offshore...

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03/28/06 Wall Street Reacts to Palocci’s Resignation from Top Spot at Brazil’s Finance Ministry

New York, NY (March 28, 2006) —  Antonio Palocci’s resignation yesterday from his post as Brazil’s Minister of Finance has captured the attention of the domestic and international business press.  His exodus marks the second high...

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02/28/06 The Recent Evolution of Brazil’s Electric Sector

The Brazilian electric energy sector has undergone significant changes since the 1990s. A new organizational model for the sector has been in place for two years now, but it remains unclear if it will achieve the government’s...

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02/23/06 Brazil’s Central Bank President Defies Critics Calling for Faster Economic Growth over the Short Term

New York, NY (February 23, 2006) — During a breakfast seminar at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in midtown Manhattan, Brazil’s Central Bank President, Henrique Meirelles, challenged critics calling for faster rates of...

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02/22/06 Brazil Eliminates Income Tax on Foreign Investments in Public Debt Market

New York, NY (February 22, 2006) — During a breakfast seminar at the headquarters of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in midtown Manhattan, Brazil’s Treasury Secretary, Joaquim Levy, outlined recent measures adopted by the...

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02/17/06 Brazil’s Burgeoning Ethanol Industry: Analyzing Investment Opportunities from the Inside

With the global economy looking for cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives, the demand for ethanol has been steadily increasing.  Brazil, the world’s leading producer of sugarcane ethanol, needs to invest US$10 billion by 2012...

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02/12/06 The Deregulation of Brazil’s Ethanol Market

The possibility of using ethanol as an automotive fuel has been known for over a century.  However, until the 1970s, the large-scale availability of petroleum and its derivatives frustrated the adoption of ethanol as an...

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02/02/06 Brazil Encourages Alternative Electric Energy Development: Taking a Closer Look at Brazil’s PROINFA Program

The Brazilian government has made great strides in promoting alternative electric energy sources in recent years.  The PROINFA program is at the heart of those efforts.  PROINFA is a program created by the Federal Government to...

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