Archive for April, 2012

Rio+20: Brazil seeks convergence

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

The Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, said yesterday that the fundamental role of Brazil at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, will be strategic, seeking a consensus among the participating countries: “Brazil has a unique opportunity to lead the pursuit for convergence between the various camps to ensure a successful meeting”, she stated. “We want [...]

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Brazil is the ninth-ranked country in the world in fiscal transparency, says the Brazilian Minister of Planning

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

Since its re-democratization, Brazil has made great advances in improving mechanisms for transparency and control of public spending, which improves the quality and implementation of governmental and fiscal policies in the country. As a result of this, Brazil now occupies ninth position in a ranking of 87 nations according to an evaluation undertaken by the [...]

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Brazil will seek consensus among participants at the Rio+20, says Minister of Environment

Comments Off | 04-21-2012

The Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira, said yesterday that the role of Brazil in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, will be strategic in the search for a consensus among participating countries.
“In the conference, Brazil has a unique opportunity to seek, in its role as host, convergence and dialogue,” stated during the participation [...]

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Brazil will help Libya in landmines removal, in the control of weapons and fight against AIDS

Comments Off | 04-21-2012

In an effort to bring Brazil closer to Libya, the Brazilian Government decided to make donations, send experts and support the parliamentary elections within two months in the country. Brazilian experts who will work in demining (removal of landmines) should be on the way to Tripoli, capital of Libya, in the next few days. Additionally, [...]

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Dilma Rousseff announces new targets and “My House, My Life” will build 2.4 million homes

Comments Off | 04-14-2012

The target for the “My House, My Life” program will be expanded to 2.4 million housing units to be built by 2014. The announcement was made today (April 12) by President Rousseff. She said that the government is working on the distribution of homes by income bracket and by municipality.
“This is a program that has [...]

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Brazil and the UK sign international cooperation agreement

Comments Off | 04-14-2012

Brazil and the United Kingdom will support projects aimed at climate-smart agriculture and food security, under the umbrella of the Millennium Development Goals. A letter of intent for this purpose was signed yesterday in Brasilia by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Mendes Ribeiro Filho, and the UK Secretary of State for International Development, [...]

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Volume of freight transported by rail increased by 5 million tons in one year

Comments Off | 04-12-2012

Freight movement on the Brazilian rail network grew by 87.6% between 1997 (the year that sector privatization began) and 2011. According to a study by the National Association of Rail Carriers (ANTF), annual freight movement rose from 253.3 million tons in 1997 to 475 million tons in 2011. Freight movement registered an increase of 5 [...]

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Partnership for Open Government brings together leaders from 53 countries for a meeting in Brasilia

Comments Off | 04-12-2012

On April 17th and 18th delegations from 53 countries will meet in Brasilia for the annual meeting of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an international initiative that aims to disseminate and encourage government practices such as spending transparency, public access to information and public participation. The event will consolidate the OGP as an innovative movement [...]

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Brazil wants the United States to be the principal destination for scholarships within the Science Without Borders Program

Comments Off | 04-12-2012

The Brazilian government wants to increase scientific cooperation with the United States, and wants scholarships with American universities and companies granted through Science Without Borders to make up a fifth of the program. The government’s intention is to place 100,000 professionals and researchers in various countries over the next four years: 20,000 in the United [...]

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Brazilian public sector primary surplus reached in February the best result for the month since 2001

Comments Off | 04-4-2012

The consolidated public sector primary surplus reached R$ 9.5 billion in February, the best result for the month since the beginning of the series, in 2001. The Central Government recorded a surplus of R$ 5.3 billion; regional Governments, R$ 5.1 billion surplus; and state owned companies, R$ 872 million deficit. In the year, the surplus [...]

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