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Brazil manufacturers set up “maquila” assembly plants in neighboring Paraguay

Tuesday, February 28th 2017 - 18:18 UTC
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When toymaker Estrela decided to move manufacturing capacity back to Latin America from China, it sank US$ 2 million into a new factory not in its native Brazil - the region's largest economy - but in its tiny southern neighbor Paraguay. The plant, which opened this month in the border town of Hernandarias, stands near a 4,500-hectare industrial park filled with Brazilian companies making everything from auto parts to clothing. Read full article


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    IF Paraguay plays its cards right; the country can easily take great advantages of the mess in Brazil: THE MAN WHO COULD IMPLODE BRAZIL’S GOVERNMENT:

    Mar 02nd, 2017 - 06:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    So Paraguay is becoming to Brazil what China and other east-asian countries are to the US....exporting jobs to keep costs down. While this, for a time will benefit Brazilian consumers, it's part of the vicious circle of unemployment ; but on the other hand, when a country - like Brazil - has obsolete labour laws and ridiculously high social and corporate taxes, which kill most honest businesses, it comes down to survival. And of course, you have the one-track minds of the union leaders (Antonio Lisboa), who refuse to see both sides of the equation, and now complaining that Paraguay relies on slave-labour.....didn't hear him complain when companies were shifting to a result of lousy economic policy (by the PT govt), and strikes promoted by radical unions attempting to bring companies to their knees, to obtain unjustified advantages ; and his naive notion that appealing to Paraguayan authorities will change anything, is just a joke - the Paraguayans must be loving the move. Besides the unions being too stubborn (or stupid) to admit that it's China that's losing the jobs, they are the first ones to reject any negotiations with government to try to make the Brazilian economy more competitive, by modernizing labour laws and reducing the heavy-burden on business. Their unilateral rejection of the government's proposal to reform the social security system (to end highly prejudicial practises, which affect both business and workers, and to keep it viable) is a good example of their lack of will to accept necessary / essential change.

    Mar 02nd, 2017 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    If the trend continues; many Brazilians may even shift to Paraguay.

    The Situation in Brazil is not “so good” already but it may have to get really worse, till the population FINALLY “Wakes-Up” (or IF they wake-up)! After all, the Brazilian Congress as such is pretty “efficient”:

    Mar 02nd, 2017 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    É, o Millor sabe das coisas !

    Mar 02nd, 2017 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    Dead, but the humorist [Millor Fernandes] sounds like a legend! :o))

    The UN warns about Brazil's Economy:

    Mar 02nd, 2017 - 07:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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