Brazil is the largest country in South America and in Latin America, fifth largest in the world. It is one of the more diverse countries in the world, with different cultures and ethnicities. Brazil’s type of government is a Federal Republic. Brazil is on its way to growing out of its emerging market status and becoming one of the richest and most developed countries on earth. Brazil’s human, mineral, and agricultural resources are on par with those of the United States and Canada, and it has a few great opportunities to take advantage of in order to continue the growth it’s been experiencing over the past 20 years. Brazil, known for its natural resources, find in energy one of the country’s main ways of resources, being either oil and natural gas or biofuels and solar/wind power.
Brazil is bound to host in a two-year span the largest sport events in the World, The 2014 Soccer World Cup and The Olympic games in 2016. The country will attract a lot of investors looking for some brand exposure since the whole world will have their eyes turned to this tropical country. These events present opportunities for Brazil to benefit from tourism and prove to the world that it is ready to take its place as an important piece of global governance. Although Brazil has a flourishing economy, it still has many characteristics of a third world country. Social issues remain present in the country’s politics. There are several concerns regarding the capability of an emerging country to host events with that stature.
The first major concern is the high incidence of crime. Much of the crime is related to the illegal drug trade. The off-the-books culture comes into play, too. And the deep divisions between rich and poor means that resentment sometimes crops up in the form of crime.
Another major concern is the Stewardship of land. It’s not always clear who owns what land in Brazil. It’s also not unusual for the people who actually own the land, or who think they do, to take on the loggers, farmers, and ranchers whom they believe to be poaching. This contributes to Brazil’s reputation for violence and high rates of crime.
Perhaps the main concern investors have is the lack of structure. Since the country grew too rapidly the old structures are not capable to fulfill its previous purpose. The integration of big cities with the rest of the country is limited by the troublesome transportation systems. Its now stable politics still bear the heavy government culture from the past, where the cost to finance in government carries a high interest rate.
“If the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics are...