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April Edition 2012

 

Brazil to invest more in housing to boost economy

Brazil's Rousseff seeks US help with skills shortage

Virgin's eucalyptus tree biofuel

BTG Pactual seeks to raise $2.2 bln in Brazil IPO

Brazil posts March trade surplus of $2.019 bln

Google brings Brazil's Amazon forest to Street View

Green News

New SMS Service

Charcoal Prices

Online Survey

Annual Reports

Online Presentation

 

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Welcome to the April edition of the Greenwood Management monthly newsletter.

Our aim is to send out a newsletter on a monthly basis to advise you of future events and report on previous industry related themes and news articles.

The summer internship programme with the Universidad de Tras-os- Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) in Villa Real, Portugal will be upon us shortly.

A huge amount of planning and preparation for this is needed in terms of accommodation, facilities, transport, insurance, visas logistical support etc. to the students from UTAD, who will be mostly living and studying in Brazil for the first time. The actual programme of work study and data collection is being compiled at present and we are in constant contact with UTAD, through our Senior Product Development Manager, Mr Ricardo Goncalves, who was at the University in early April meeting with Professor Domingos Lopes in Villa Real representing UTAD.

UTAD receives students from all parts of the world that wish to advance their knowledge in silviculture to PhD/Doctorate level. It is with great pleasure that Greenwood is able to now assist forestry students within their research and development of studies. The programme is designed to be mutually beneficial - having links to forestry research centres such as UTAD will provide access to forestry data, studies and market trends which are invaluable tools for long term planning and project management.

We have included below some investment articles that may be of interest. Enjoy reading and look out for announcements on our new project.

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Brazil to invest more in housing to boost economy.

Brazil is planning to invest more funds in its flagship public housing programme, in the latest effort to boost public investment and stimulate a stagnant economy, President Dilma Rousseff said on Thursday.

BillionaireThe government has set a goal to build 2 million houses in Brazil by 2014, which could be increased to 2.4 million after an "evaluation" in June, she said, speaking on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in New Delhi.

The house building goal is part of Brazil's "My House, My Life" programme launched in 2009 by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to bolster growth during the global recession.

"What we have to do is increase investment by both the government and the private sector," Rousseff said, adding that the government would make an "exceptional" effort on the housing programme.

Brazil has been making targeted tax breaks and taking other measures to stimulate its economy, which grew just 2.7 percent in 2011.

To read the full story click here.

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Brazil's Rousseff seeks US help with skills shortage.

BillionaireScience education and training are high on the agenda for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's first official visit to the US, as her government seeks to tackle a growing problem: the lack of skilled workers in Brazil.

The first time Lucas Oliveira, a student of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering from Brazil, boarded a plane bound for another country, he embarked on what he describes as "an incredible life opportunity".

Mr Oliveira, 21, is part of a group of 650 Brazilian undergraduate students who arrived in the US in January for a one-year exchange programme in American universities.

To read the full story click here.

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Virgin's eucalyptus tree biofuel.

BillionaireVirgin Australia have joined forces with Airbus to start work on the development of a sustainable fuel source made from Australian eucalyptus trees.

While this type of fuel has been used in the aviation industry in the past, it has not previously been used by commercial airlines. The fuel is made through sustainably harvesting the trees, before treating them with extreme oxygen-free heat to break them down into a raw material that can be turned into a fuel source.

To read the full story click here.

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BTG Pactual seeks to raise $2.2 bln in Brazil IPO.

BillionaireBrazil's BTG Pactual and shareholders could raise up to 4.1 billion reais ($2.2 billion) in an initial public offering that may turn the investment banking powerhouse controlled by billionaire André Esteves into one of the world's most valuable banks.

The IPO will be the first by an investment bank based in Brazil, an emerging market power whose financial industry is booming. While local offerings have struggled with recent market turmoil, BTG Pactual's IPO will give investors a chance to buy into a fast-growing firm with aspirations of rivaling global giants like Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The IPO will involve the sale of up to 121.5 million units at a suggested price of 28.75 reais to 33.75 reais per unit, according to a prospectus published on Tuesday. Each unit will be comprised of common and preferred stock issued by holding companies Banco BTG Pactual and BTG Pactual Participations.

To read the full story click here.

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Brazil posts March trade surplus of $2.019 bln.

BillionaireBrazil posted a trade surplus of $2.019 billion in March, the trade ministry said on Monday.

The result topped expectations of a trade surplus of $1.5 billion, according to the median forecast of eight analysts surveyed by Reuters.

Exports reached $20.911 billion, up from $18.028 billion in February and $19.286 billion in March last year.

Imports last month totalled $18.892 billion, compared with $16.313 billion in February. In the year-ago period, imports were $17.732 billion.

To read the full story click here.

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Google brings Brazil's Amazon forest to Street View.

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Imagine hiking through the Amazon looking for monkeys and tropical birds from thousands of miles away. Now users can do this using Google Maps' Street View feature.

Most people don't ever get the chance to float down the Amazon River or walk through the surrounding forest and visit local communities. And for those who do, many parts of the area can't be visited because they are under the Brazilian government's protection with restricted public access.

Now, Google is making it possible for armchair explorers to experience the Amazon through its Google Maps' Street View feature. The Web giant announced today, on World Forest Day, that all of the images it has collected over the past several months of the Amazon's Rio Negro Reserve are now available.

Project leader for Google Street View in the Amazon, Karin Tuxen-Bettman wrote in a statement "Take a virtual boat ride down the main section of the Rio Negro, and float up into the smaller tributaries where the forest is flooded, Stroll along the paths of Tumbira, the largest community in the Reserve... Enjoy a hike through along an Amazon forest trail and see where Brazil nuts are harvested."

To read the full story click here.

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Green News

At Greenwood Management we often come across articles that may be of interest to you. We thought that instead of keeping you waiting for an entire month, we would start to send out individual stories, updates or articles of interest from time to time - this is our new mini newsletter service, 'Green News'.

If you would be interested in receiving these NEW mini newsletters click here.

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New SMS Service

At Greenwood Management we understand that our clients are quite often on the move whether through business or pleasure. Therefore, we have just introduced a FREE brand new SMS alert system for our clients.

Take advantage of our new service and be the first to receive

  • Special offers and discounts on our products
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Sign up here today for FREE text alerts and to be entered into our monthly prize draw to win a brand new apple ipad.

Please note that you will not be charged for any text messages received through this service.

You can unsubscribe from this service at any time.

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Charcoal Prices

Click here to receive information on the latest charcoal prices from Brazil.

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Online Survey

In order to help us find the best investment solution for you please take a few moments to fill out our online survey.

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Annual Reports

If you would like to receive our report containing an executive summary of Acacia and Eucalyptus projects in Brazil, along with detailed analysis of the progress at Greenwood Fazendas (plantations) click here.

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Online Presentation

For a one on one online presentation with an industry specialist (at a time of your choice), click here.

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