Following the newspapers and journals the last weeks, the actual situation at PETROBRAS – one of the largest Brazilian companies – is still getting worse. After the arrest of leading managers of PETROBRAS and major Brazilian building companies (NZZ_15.11.2014), a new article from Alexander Busch describes now the actual situation and new developments. The article – published yesterday (NZZ_21.11.2014) – draws an insightful overview.

As PETROBRAS also has a very strong influence on the BOVESPA (stock index Sao Paulo), the crisis has the potential to damage the Brazilian economy in a very serious way, due to severe side effects. On the other hand one could argue that finally after this coming out, the things can only get better – representing new business opportunities for foreign companies. But this will only happen, when the crisis management will be improved, forced by internal OR even external activities (as we can read in the article).


As a regular visitor and “almost” citizen of Rio de Janeiro, I was very interested about the trail of the new “Transcarioca” bus line, connecting the Olympic City in Barra da Tijuca with the “Galeao” – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. To tell the truth, I had no idea about the correct trail. The video behind the link gives a very good insight into the road line with of length of approx. 39 km and also the dimension of the city, crossing parts a regular tourist does not take into account.

Of course one could ask why not use a train or metro to connect this urban regions, givin’ the city a new innovative perspective. In fact a metro connection to the airport would be very useful. Maybe one day the public transport lobby can be convinced towards new solutions… using the present bus basement to install some kind of “trem-sinho“, which is already part of the plans of the New Harbour District in Rio. Some talk about a rebirth of the old harbour area – maybe justified.

Short note – The following article (NZZ 14.11.2014)  gives some insights into the Brazilian drought problem in the south-eastern state Sao Paulo. If the implications are correct, it would be a good time to get some action.

After the Brazilian elections one argued about side effects on Brazilian economy – at least to some sectors. That it not necessarily must be negative outlines a report recently published (“Re-election guarantees support to carmakers”).

The main topic of this article is an initiative of the Brazilian government called INOVAR-AUTO, which supports companies producing and selling automotive technology in Brazil. The main benefit is an tax reduction up to 30% of IPI (tax on industrial prodcuts).

After the second round of voting on Sunday Oct 26th, Dilma Rousseff (PT) has won her second legislative period. Having a look at the results in different regions, we find a clear support in the Northern and Northeastern parts of Brazil. This isn’t a surprise, rather an result of her politics, supporting the poor. Nevertheless it was a really close run (Dilma 51,6%, Aécio 48,4%) and one get’s the impression, that she beginning to understand the voter’s message – maybe under support by Lula.

After a first election period at Oct 5th, the Brazilian Election are still topic of international discussion. From the three major candidates Dilma Roussef, Aecio Neves and Marina Silva, only Dilma and Aecio are still in the election process. Surprisingly Marina has announced the support for Aecio Neves – in spite of their political proximity to PT. Still unclear what the Brazilians can anticipate, some the international press has already chosen their position. Please read the following article of the ECONOMIST.

Please have a look at our updated seminar program 2014.

You will find seminars, workshops and presentations in different organizations, but also open seminars taking place in our office site or nearby locations.

The program will be updated periodically – maybe valuable to have a look time after time.


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