7 Reasons for investing


1 - Strategic Location and Market Size

·         The Brazilian total area is 8,514,876,599 km²

·         190 million of inhabitants

·         The Brazilian GDP measured in PPP represents 35% of

·         the whole Latin America GDP, reaching more

·         than US$2 trillion PPP in 2007.

·         The consumption market covers more than 900 million

   of potential consumers, considering Brazil, Latin America

   and North America.

·         Brazil borders almost all the South America countries,

   except Chile and Ecuador.


2 - Sustained Growth

·         Brazil is the world’s sixth biggest economy, together with

   the United Kingdom, France and I taly, ahead of Spain,

   Mexico and South Korea.

·         The Brazilian economy presents a sustainable and strong

   growth. The Brazilian GDP growth rate reached 5.3 per cent

   in 2007, with an inflation rate of 3.7 per cent.

·         More than 32% of the jobs created in Latin America in 2007

   were in Brazil.

·         Since 2003, the Brazilian exports have shown a growth rate

   bigger than that of the world imports, resulting in a higher

   Brazilian participation on the world trade.


3 - Innovation and technology

·         Brazil has the biggest and most diversified science, technology

   and innovation  system of Latin America.

·         It has a competitive differential within the sectors of aircraft

   building, oil exploration in depth water and software


·         Brazil has internationally consolidated its competence

   in producing ethanol and biodiesel fuel.

·         Excellency in the equipment production and medical hospital

   services supply.

·         In 2006, there were 9.396 new graduated students at the doctor’s

   level and 29.761 at the master’s in Brazil.

·         The growth rate in number of personal computers between

   2002 and 2007 increased more than 120%, reaching more

   than 29 million. This number represents 40% of the whole

   Latin America personal computers during those years.

·         The Brazilian Internet users’ number increased more than

   270% in the last five years, representing 53 million users


4 - Infrastructure

·         67 airports with annual flow of 110 million people.

·         46 ports with capacity for over 600 million tons/year.

·         29,596 km of railways – the eleventh world railway mesh.

·         1.6 million km of roads – the third world road mesh.

·         100% digital telephone lines in Brazil.

·         Brazil has one of the best communication structures with

   125 million mobile lines, at about 42 million fixed lines and

   more than 1 million public telephones.

·         Brazil and the private sector will jointly, through the Growth

   Acceleration Program of the Brazilian Government,

   invest US$313 billion in roads, railways and ports until 2010.


5 - Investment profitability

·         The foreign companies settled down in Brazil are free to send their

   profits to their country of origin.

·         Brazil received, in 2007, 30% of the Foreign Direct Investment

   intended to the Latin America, resulting in a 99% growth rate.


6 - Work Force

·         Brazil’s economically active population represents 36% of

   Latin America total population, having reached

   92 million people in 2007.

·         16 million people with higher education level have

   technical-scientific activities.

·         6 million was the total number of registered students

   in technical and higher education in 2006.

·         There has been an increased growth in

   the Brazilian work productivity, in the latest years.


7 - Natural resources

 ·         One of the worldwide largest producer and exporter

of agricultural products.

·         The world’s largest producer of ethanol, with

308 installed production plants, producing 17,7 billion

liters per year.

·         The world’s largest producer of iron ore.

·         The worldwide largest producer and exporter of coffee,

sugar cane and fruit juices.

·         The world’s largest exporter of soy, meat, chicken and leather.

·         Self-sufficient in oil, going from net importer in 2005 to

net exporter, representing the sixth exportable sector

in the Brazilian foreign trade.

·         The Brazil’s energetic matrix has 45% of renewable sources

whilst for the world this ratio is 14%.