Designated resettlement area for people form the NE and urban south.
Involved building 1500km highways, buying deforested land to be converted into commercial agriculture, mining resources.
Problems: Land poor; no supply outposts; no water supply or electricity; new migrants forced to sell new land and return home; many forced to find poorly paid work on cattle ranches; 34 indigenous tribes threatened; habitats destroyed.
In 1995 Brazil produced 1.6mn motor vehicles, making it the 7th largest manufacturer in the world.
Vehicle sales 65% S. American market.
Strong domestic demand & Mercosul contributing to rapid growth.
The growth potential is very high, compared to mature markets like the US & Europe.
In 1992, the government helped kick start the industry’s growth by cutting taxes on small vehicles, which now account for 57% Brazilian market.
Investment has taken place to modernise the factories in the 90s – many robots have been installed, to cut employee number slightly & thus costs. Brazil needs to ensure it remains a competitive location.
Government grants and cheap labour cost are now making the NE a attractive location for vehicle manufacturers.
Mid/late 1970s – after the first oil crisis in 1973/74 growth was achieved in capital goods and basic immediate goods at the expense of a sharp rise in external debt. Second oil price rise in 1979 created more problems.
Large importer of oil + all related industries affected.
Rise in global interests meant firms did not want to invest.
World recession led to a fall in demand for goods & MNCs reduced their production.
Brazil chooses alcohol to replace Petrol – 1975
Plan to use sugar based alcohol as an alternative to petrol.
Half of country’s exports go to pay for its imports of crude oil..
Already provided foreign exchange savings, created jobs in the poorer NE region.
The government has provided incentives for those who have set up alcohol plants.
Brazil's carmakers sold more vehicles adapted to run on alcohol last year than conventional petrol-driven models.
"Flex-fuel" cars, which run on any combination of ethanol and petrol, took 53.6% of the Brazilian market in 2005.
"Flex-fuel" cars attract a purchase tax of 14%, while buyers of their exclusively petrol-powered counterparts are charged 16%.
Differences – in stage 3, Asian industrialisation was mainly export orientated (primary & secondary), while in Latin America the focus was mainly on import substitution.
The Asian Tigers, perhaps because of their decisions to go for export-orientated industrialisation, have certainly been the ones to capitalise most on the opportunities created by globalisation. They were in the right place at the right time.
If Brazil had undergone land reform like Taiwan it may have been more successful, as it would have widened its domestic market – more people with capital to spend. This is still a problem today leading to wide inequalities in the country.
Problems have been further added through debt payments & SAPs
See Globalisation video notes for Taiwan case study & Vietnam case study + p86 in Dev book for Vietnam.
1985 – The military handed back power & a ruined economy.
*A roller coaster ride of hyper inflation & recession began.
1986-94 – There were 8 finance ministers, 7 stability plans & 6 different currencies.
*1994 – Inflation was running at 80% a month. The Real Plan was announced.
*they lost inflation was introducing a transitional currency & then they began to stabilise prices and wages. Prices were fixed at high levels and wages at low levels. People accepted this in order to end inflation.
*High inflation hit the lowest classes hardest, as by the time they got paid at the end of the month, their wage had lost so much value. They were unable to save & make a profit out of the situation, unlike the rich.
Kept a lid on inflation & opened up the market to foreign imports – even though this led to the closure of many factories which could not compete. Thus many people lost their jobs.
*1992-8 The Industrial base of Brazil was eroded. 1,300 capital goods companies closed.
*The flood of cheap imports led to a trade deficit. Also many rich left & spent their money abroad – for them an over valued Real was good news.
*Foreign investment which flooded in was for luxury consumer goods, especially cars.
*Allowed TNCs to make decisions – gave tax breaks to car industry.
*Though short term policies were costly, they did maintain economic stability for 4 years. The immediate effects were good.
If Brazil continues to develop & if the domestic economy expands – it may find as its heavy industries become increasingly competitive and their workers wages increase.
They have to locate their labour intensive industries in Latin America countries which have lower labour costs. (South Korean firms relocated in Thailand & Malaysia to cut labour costs.)
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