The Business, Export, Travel and Tourism and Real Estate Pages for Salvador and the State of Bahia, Brazil
Business Information about Brazil
Brazil is a very large
country with a growing population (155.4
million in 2000 on 8,511,965 square kilometers) and an
increasing accumulation of wealth. The State
of Bahia is an important component of that
Nation with 12.5 million people and 567,300 square
kilometers. These Pages are intended to provide the
interested business visitor, the tourist and the real
estate buyer with a first glimpse and lots of initial
contact points to sources of information about this
amazing Nation. It, obviously, can never be comprehensive
enough and any suggestions about how to improve these
pages are welcome. So for now:
Internet Sites with Tourist and other Information about Bahia
Economic Information Sources
Brazil is a country of enormous economic contrasts. When you travel across the country, you will be confronted by Sao Paulo's industrial might, ranging from high tech to aero space to the steel industry. Then, only a few hundred miles in any direction, you will see production techniques, that have barely left the Middle Ages and the beginning of the colonial area. While economic development has in the 20th Century, initially been slow, the last few years witnessed a marked acceleration. Waste, in the form of projects started, and never completed, has always been a hallmark of the Brazilian economic and political systems. But, even that has been reduced, during the last few years, as politicians and industrialists appear to get a handle on managing an ever more complex economy, with a real impact on the world at large.
If you do not speak or read Portuguese, information on the Brazilian economy is now easier to come by, than it used to be a few years ago. Still, if you really want to know about the country, you have to find yourself in a Portuguese course. It is not an easy language, but it will enable you to enter a fascinating culture and great literature. For the English speakers, we have selected some books from amazon that should provide you with some insight into Brazil.
For travel related guides look at our travel page which concentrates mainly on Bahia.
To our German visitors: Weil diese Seiten eine ganze Anzahl von deutschen Besuchern erhaelt, haben wir hier auch eine Liste von deutschsprachigen Buechern ueber Brasilien die sie alle bei amazon.de kaufen koennen:
Fuer Reiseliteratur und Reisebegleiter, gehen sie doch zu unserer Reiseseite, die sich hauptsaechlich auf Bahia konzentriert!
General Business Information and On-Line Directories
Brazil has now about 80 million working people and more than 33% are female. About 15% of the employed work in agriculture. Most of them are landless peasants, since the agricultural industry is dominated by large and very large industrial units owned by fazendeiros (large estate owners) and their families.
About 15% of the employed work in industry and about 30% in service jobs of one sorts or another. Underemployment is widespread and cheap labor is readily available. Though, not easy to control. While Brazilian workers are generally industrious and hard working, the working moral of the underemployed is not very elevated!
Most of the industry is sytill concentrated around Sao Paulo. An area which produces almost 50% of Brazils industrial output. The most important industrial sector is still the car industry, with Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, Renault and Fiat being present with local assembly plants. But during the last few years Brazil has become one of the major producers of commuter aircraft with Embraer rivaling any producer in the world in terms of quality of the products and innovation.
Newspapers, Internet Portals with some relevance to Business Issues and News Sources in English and Portuguese
Brazil always had a lively press and TV culture. Although, there was strong censorship during the years of the military regimes. But, currently, Newspapers and TV have recovered and often exhibit an energy that has few rivals in the world. The popular press can be vicious and unforgiving, as many celebrities and politicians have found out, to the detriment. The Brazilian press makes the domestic press in the USA, look tame, conformist, and towing a conservative "government" line!
The printed business press in Brazil is quite analytical with good and solid reporting on a wide range of domestic and international topics. It is easy to get international newspapers in the large coastal cities, but rather more difficult when you travel to more remote cities and areas in the interior.
The Brazilian TV industry is enormous and produces a constant succession of tele novellas (soap operas) that are exported to the whole of Latin America as well as to Africa, the Philippines, Spain and Portugal.
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