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Bolsonaro tells Davos he plans to make the “new Brazil” an investment-friendly country

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019 - 07:58 UTC
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“Brazil's economy is still relatively closed to foreign trade and to change that situation is one of my administration's major commitments,” Bolsonaro said “Brazil's economy is still relatively closed to foreign trade and to change that situation is one of my administration's major commitments,” Bolsonaro said
The absence of President Donald Trump at this-year's five-day event has thrust Brazil's leader into the spotlight, less than three weeks after his inauguration. The absence of President Donald Trump at this-year's five-day event has thrust Brazil's leader into the spotlight, less than three weeks after his inauguration.
Davos potential investors were encouraged by the influence of cabinet minister Paulo Guedes, and advocate of free markets Davos potential investors were encouraged by the influence of cabinet minister Paulo Guedes, and advocate of free markets

Brazil's newly-elected populist President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the world's business elite in Davos on Tuesday, vowing to transform Latin America's largest economy into a more investment-friendly country. On his first international trip since becoming president, Bolsonaro delivered the keynote speech at the World Economic Forum.

“Brazil's economy is still relatively closed to foreign trade and to change that situation is one of my administration's major commitments,” Bolsonaro said, according to a WEF translation.

“You can be sure that by the end of my term in office, our economic team, led by Minister of Finance Paulo Guedes, will position in the ranking of the 50 best countries in the world to do business,” he added.

His comments are likely to be well received by market participants, after more than a decade of interventionist policies by previous administrations.

The absence of President Donald Trump at this-year's five-day event has thrust Brazil's leader into the spotlight, less than three weeks after his inauguration.

The January get-together is without some of its biggest names, with several world leaders choosing to stay at home to fight domestic crises rather than be seen socializing with the rich and famous. Nonetheless, the forum is still seen as an opportunity for international heads of state to come together to put the world to rights.

Bolsonaro said his trip to Switzerland was a “great opportunity” to showcase the unique point in time his country was going through. “And also an opportunity for me to introduce to all of you the new Brazil that we are building,” he added.

The 63-year-old nationalist secured a sweeping election victory late last year, promising to drain the political swamp and fight deep-seated corruption.

The country's benchmark stock index reached an all time high at the end of last week, amid improving investor sentiment about the new government's pension reform plans.

The Bovespa, one of 2018's top performing indexes across the globe, hit a record high, crossing the 96,000 mark on Friday. It followed heightened expectations that Bolsonaro's government could reveal pension reform plans earlier-than-expected.

Bolsonaro is joined at the January get-together by a number of his cabinet ministers. But, it is the presence of U.S.-trained free market advocate Paulo Guedes that has particularly enthused investors. Bolsonaro's keynote address was reportedly written and revised by Guedes.

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  • :o))

    @Terence Hill

    REF: Why hasn’t the all-powerful Minister of Finance written a longer, more detailed and more adequate presentation?

    Expecting a just a bit too much; far beyond their capacities &/or interests; aren't we?

    The politicians know that they can get away very easily in South America with any kind of a bombastic fart and still the people forgive and/or forget about it but at an int'l. event; the story may be [at least slightly] different! Hence the spectacular result of an impressive presence:
    http://www.chargeonline.com.br/php/DODIA//alves.jpg

    Jan 24th, 2019 - 04:26 pm +1
  • :o))

    REF: Bolsonaro tells

    Bolsonaro tells & everyone queues up to invest in Brazil!

    Jan 23rd, 2019 - 03:41 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    One paragraph says it all, Bolsonaro is the rock star at Davos.

    Bolsonaro said his trip to Switzerland was a “great opportunity” to showcase the unique point in time his country was going through. “And also an opportunity for me to introduce to all of you the new Brazil that we are building,”

    Jan 23rd, 2019 - 04:23 pm 0
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