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06/11/06 Can Lula Win in the First Round?

 Having recovered his popularity at the end of last year, Lula has maintained a comfortable lead over all potential opponents ever since. The exception, of course, would have been José Serra (PSDB), then mayor of São Paulo. But...

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06/11/06 Working Towards a WTO Agreement

 The political issues surrounding the Doha Round necessitate a high degree of responsibility and adeptness on the part of the negotiators.  If we analyze the recent past and the debt that the international trade system has with...

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06/11/06 The Future of Brazil’s Music Industry

What can be said about a country that ranks in the top ten markets in the world for CD sales, but no longer seems able to develop its own megastars.   Huge circulation numbers are a thing of the past.  The trend is towards...

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06/11/06 The Pan American Games Rio 2007: Taking a Closer Look at the Potential Economic Impact of the Games

International sports competitions have become major productions that spark strong interest from the general public, the media and sponsors alike.  Today, sports and entertainment walk hand in hand.  Mega-events such as the...

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06/11/06 A Outra Copa: Brazil and the Doha Round

While the world’s attention is focused on the World Cup games in Germany, a much more important “World Cup” may soon be decided in Geneva where trade negotiators from 50 countries are gathered to decide the fate of the Doha Round...

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06/08/06 Bucking the Global Tightening Trend

Last month, as central banks around the globe scurried to hike interest rates, Brazil’s Central Bank showed little hesitancy in cutting rates at home.  And despite the market turmoil seen in both developed and emerging markets as...

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06/08/06 Brazil’s Music Industry Faces New Challenges

The music industry suffered a downturn in 2005, not only in Brazil but around the globe.  Brazil’s music market generated R$615.2 million in sales revenue in 2005 according to data provided by the major labels to the Brazilian...

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04/08/06 Brazil’s Use of Open-Source Software on the Rise

 An innovative program from the Brazilian government called PC Conectado, which encourages Brazilians to acquire inexpensive computers to connect to the Internet, sparked a 100% increase in PC sales in 2005.    The target...

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04/08/06 The 2006 Presidential Race Takes Shape

 Old sins cast long shadows.  Fortunately, however, their harmful effects can wane over time. The choice of São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckimin to run as the PSDB candidate in the forthcoming presidential election is more of a...

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04/08/06 Brazil – Wasting an Exceptional Opportunity?

Over the past few years, Brazil has experienced a major improvement in its economic fundamentals thanks to exceptionally favorable external conditions and sound macroeconomic policies at home.  Its external accounts have...

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04/08/06 Capitalizing on the “Near-Shore” Advantage: Outsourcing of IT and Software Services to Brazil is on the Rise

Companies interested in world-class offshore outsourcing no longer need to traverse 12 time zones to find strategic partners.  Brazil has quickly emerged as an attractive new destination in this growing industry. One time zone...

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04/08/06 Financial Software and the Brazilian Marketplace

    The software industry is booming in Brazil.  Brazil and the Lula administration are strongly focused on making Brazil a software giant on par with India and China.  Brazil is looking to export over US$400 million in software...

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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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