Arquivo - Tag: Economy

Saga part two – Waiting for Vivo

Vivo gave me extra-special treatment, and a discount, which wasn’t exactly the point, and ¬†I’m still waiting on a promised interview about their customer relations practices. Submissions for questions welcome. Two weeks ago I wrote about the sorry state of customer service in Brazil, using a 7,000 reais mistake Vivo, my cell phone provider, had(…)

Brazil 2012 – year in review

This year, the country didn’t deliver on everything international observers thought the country had promised, but Brazil still remains one of the 21st century’s most remarkable success stories. 2013 could be decisive. For those paying attention to Brazil headlines, 2012 was mostly a bad year. For some, it was enough to re-evaluate the status as(…)

Brazil economy – bad news

Guido Mantega – Taking heat. In the last 3-4 days, international opinion on the Brazilian economy has turned. It all started last week, when Guido Mantega, Brazil’s Finance Minister, predicted the beginning of a turnaround in the country’s economy. Then the actual third quarter results came out, far below what he, and even the most(…)

Brazil under construction

South America’s largest country is finally, hopefully, on its way to patching up its woefully lacking infrastructure. But fixing one problem sometimes means dealing with others. By Dom Phillips Living in Rio can at times feel like living on a construction site. Construction is all around: a new metro line, new highways, the whole decayed(…)