Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy is on the up and up, presenting enormous opportunities for Scottish exporters.
Nicola Sartini, Senior Business Development Manager at Scottish Development International (SDI) Paris office, will spearhead the establishment of a new SDI office in Brazil over the next three months. Just back from a two-week trade mission to Brazil, Nicola highlights the vast opportunities for Scottish companies to do business there.
There are already some 40 Scottish-based companies operating in Brazil and the sheer size of the market is seeing a new spike in levels of interest, most obviously in the energy sector.
- Oil and gas
- Food and drink
- Biosciences and medical devices
- Creative industries
Further opportunities exist around the huge infrastructure projects underway as Rio prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
The country is a vast marketplace, which can be daunting for companies making an initial foray: not least because of Brazil's legendary bureaucratic hurdles.
That’s where SDI’s international advisers can step in with a wealth of experience and international business contacts to help you get a foothold in the market.
Nicola stresses the necessity for overseas companies to have a presence in the country, whether through a subsidiary, agent or distributor.
SDI delivers free training support through its Smart Exporter programme to help you develop your export skills and knowledge.
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Brazil - key facts
- Fifth-largest country in the world with a population of around 185 million people
- Along with the United States, Brazil is the world’s leading ethanol producer and largest exporter of ethanol fuel
- Greater GDP per head than either India or China
- Brazil is making significant progress in next generation biofuel technology
- In 2009, 41 million bottles of whisky were shipped to Brazil
Read the full article for further insights on opportunities to do business in Brazil (pages 12-13)
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Source: Reproduced with the permission of The Herald, Glasgow © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.