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Ex-UBS Banker Andre Laloni to Join Brazil’s Caixa as CFO

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Brazil’s giant state-owned lender Caixa Economica Federal is bringing in former UBS investment banking executive Andre Laloni as its new chief financial officer, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Luciane Ribeiro, the former CEO of Santander SA’s Brazil Asset Management unit, is also joining the bank, the people said, asking not to be named because the information ... Read More »

Brazil president seeks $270 bln pension savings, Congress has doubts

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BRASILIA: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered his proposed pension overhaul to Congress , a plan to save over 1 trillion reais ($270 billion) in a decade, which raised doubts about whether lawmakers would pass a package of that scale. The social security bill is the cornerstone of the new president’s effort to close what most economists call an unsustainable public ... Read More »

Brazil president fires key aide linked to corruption scandal

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has officially dismissed his key aide in charge of dealings with congress, days after a newspaper linked him to a corruption scandal involving phony candidates and the misuse of campaign funds. Government spokesman Otavio Rego Barros didn’t say Monday what motivated the president’s decision to fire aide Gustavo Bebianno, who has been a close ally of ... Read More »

Ambassador leaves office in Brazil and returns to Jordan

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(MENAFN – Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA)) São Paulo ‒ The Jordanian ambassador in Brazil, Malek Eid Otalla Twal , left office this Friday (15) to return to his country of origin. The diplomat arrived in Brazil in the beginning of February 2014 and oversaw the embassy for five years. Previously he worked in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Austria ... Read More »

Brazil’s Vale resumes operations at Espírito Santo port terminal -filing

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SAO PAULO: Brazilian miner Vale SA will resume operations at a port terminal in Vitória, in the southeastern state of Espírito Santo, after reaching an agreement with local authorities, according to a securities filing on Wednesday. The authorities had closed the port terminal operated by the miner and fined it 35 million reais ($9.43 million) for throwing mining residues in ... Read More »

Brazil farmers halt soy sales as real strengthens, China buys US supplies

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SAO PAULO: Farmers have halted sales of Brazil’s soybeans as port premiums swooned, the real currency strengthened and a pause in a trade war prompted top importer China to purchase soy from the United States, growers and trading companies said. Poor market conditions are also affecting planting decisions for Brazil’s 2019/2020 crop that will be sown starting from September. Farmers ... Read More »

Brazil’s central bank keeps interest rates at record low 6.50 pct

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BRASILIA: Brazil’s central bank held interest rates at a record low on Wednesday as expected, and signaled that relatively muted inflationary pressures could keep them there for some time. The bank’s nine-member monetary policy committee, known as Copom, voted unanimously to keep the benchmark Selic rate at 6.50 percent for the seventh straight meeting, as predicted by all 28 economists ... Read More »

General Motors says in talks to invest $2.73 billion in Brazil till 2024

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General Motors Co said it is negotiating “feasibility conditions” to invest 10 billion reais ($2.73 billion) in Brazil from 2020 to 2024, after having warned last month that new investments would depend on returning to profit. The automaker also said it is completing an investment plan of 13 billion reais between 2014 and 2019. “As market leaders, we are taking ... Read More »

Brazil govt aims to sell at least $20 billion in assets this year

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SAO PAULO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s government wants to sell at least $20 billion in assets of state-owned companies this year including parts of Petrobras and Banco do Brasil, the country’s secretary of privatization said. Salim Mattar said the government wants state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and lenders Banco do Brasil SA and Caixa Economica Federal to sell most ... Read More »

Facing losses in Brazil, GM turns to Sao Paulo state for tax breaks

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SAO PAULO: General Motors Co’s Brazil unit is in advanced talks with Sao Paulo state to receive tax incentives, the company told public officials and union representatives at a meeting on Tuesday, a few days after it said in a memo to workers that it was losing money in Brazil. The meeting was attended by GM’s top executives in South ... Read More »

GM warns workers in Brazil on losses, tough turnaround plan

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SAO PAULO: General Motors Co (GM.N) has warned employees in Brazil that new investments there depend on a painful plan to return to profit in the country. In a message posted at Brazilian plants, GM’s top executive in Brazil and Argentina, Carlos Zarlenga, said after running up a heavy loss over the past three years the operation had reached “a ... Read More »

Brazil president says he wants free trade with ‘the entire world’

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro wants “bilateral trade with the entire world without an ideological bias,” he said on Twitter on Saturday ahead of the Davos World Economic Forum later this month. Latin America’s largest economy is also one of the world’s most restrictive. The Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, last year ranked Brazil 153 out ... Read More »

Brazil’s Stock Market Surges as Economy Minister Announces Priorities

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BRAZIL: The US dollar closed down by 1.69 percent in relation to the Brazilian real as the country’s stock market registered a record high of 91,012 points. Market are optimistic with as Brazil’s new Economy Minister, Paulo Guedes, revealed that the government’s priorities will be the opening of the economy, privatizations and the reform of the Social Security system. “After ... Read More »

Brazil meat exports slump on trade bans, logistics issues

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Export sales by Brazilian meat processors lagged last year as trade bans and a domestic truckers’ strike weighed on their ability to serve major customers like Russia and the European Union, according to data released by trade group ABPA on Thursday. Europe banned 20 Brazilian chicken plants because of food safety concerns, while Russia froze imports ... Read More »

Brazil arrests Israeli head of global drug smuggling network

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An Israeli drug dealer who leads a smuggling network was captured in Brazil after trying to escape extradition. Dany Treyger, 32, was initially arrested last week in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia, and taken to Paraguay’s capital city Asuncion. He was expelled from Paraguay and handed over to Israeli authorities, who were to escort him to the Jewish ... Read More »

Brazil prosecutors charge 42 people in alleged Petrobras bribery scheme

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian prosecutors leading the so-called “Car Wash” probe on Friday charged 42 people for their role in an alleged corruption scheme involving a construction contract for state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro in the state of Bahia. In a statement, prosecutors said those charged included former high-ranking officials at Petrobras and its pension fund Petros, and executives from ... Read More »

Brazil top prosecutor indicts President Temer for corruption

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BRASILIA: Brazil’s Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge on Wednesday charged President Michel Temer with corruption and money laundering uncovered in an investigation into graft related to port concessions, according to a statement from her office. Temer, who leaves office on Jan. 1, is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for issuing a decree in 2017 that allowed two port ... Read More »

Brazil charges former Trafigura executives with corruption

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Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed corruption charges against two former executives from commodities multinational Trafigura, a former executive at Petrobras and a middleman, over $1.5m allegedly paid in bribes for oil trading operations. In a 146-page indictment, prosecutors in Curitiba in the southern state of Paraná said that former Trafigura executives Mariano Ferraz and Marcio Magalhães, middleman Carlos Herz ... Read More »

Brazil arrests Israeli suspected of heading major drug smuggling ring

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An Israeli drug dealer who leads a smuggling network was captured in Brazil after trying to escape extradition. Dany Treyger, 32, was initially arrested last week in Bolivia and taken to Paraguay’s capital city, Asuncion. He was expelled from Paraguay and handed over to Israeli authorities, who were to escort him to the Jewish state on a flight via Brazil, ... Read More »

Brazil’s Temer says leaving budget deficit under 130 billion reais

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BRASILIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Thursday his government will leave a primary budget deficit of less than 130 billion reais ($33.3 billion) when he hands over the reins to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1. Temer told reporters that Brazil could take up to 10 years to balance its federal budget. He urged Congress to pass his proposal ... Read More »