Ukraine Could Become A Very Attractive Platform For Brazilian Investors
Brazil submitted to Ukrainian authorities USD 4.5 billion worth of investment proposals, reports WNU. Brasilian companies want to build the mini-tractors production plant in Ukraine as well as purchase shipbuilding and pharmaceutical manufacturing technology, said José Barouki, director of trade and investment company Daruvar S.A. during the Ukrainian investment roadshow in São Paulo, Brazil. Ukraine could become a very interesting platform for Brazilian investors, especially given the strategic location of Ukraine. The Brazilian Development Bank will consider investing into National Projects of Ukraine. In May 2012 Brazil state pharmaceutical group Farmanguinhos/Fiocruz signed a purchase contract with Ukrainian insulin producer Indar for 3.5 million vials of genetically engineered human insulin. The Brazilian experts stated that they chose their Ukrainian partner based on quality of their product. Ukraine and Brazil also have a preliminary agreement to establish bilateral insulin production in Brazil using Ukrainian technology by 2014.
Brazil is Ukraine’s largest trade partner in Latin America. Bilateral trade cooperation between the two countries includes such areas as gas transporting equipment, ships, and planes. Additionally, two countries trade energy, metallurgy, agricultural machinery, electric welding, geological exploration, oil and gas pipe construction, IT, and pharmaceuticals. Most notable aspect of Ukraine-Brazil cooperation at the moment is Alcantara Cyclone Space project. The binational platform is financially beneficial for the parties due to its close proximity to the equator (2°17′S 44°23′W). The cost of rocket launch from this location is 20 percent less than average. In 2011 Ukraine exported to Brazil goods worth USD 472.6 million which is 31 percent more than in 2010, reported the Ukrainian state statistics service. Brazilian export to Ukraine, on the other hand, amounted to USD 543 million in the same year, demonstrating 18 percent growth compared to 2010.
The Wall Street Journal wroted that Brazilian economy will grow by about 1.5% this year, while economists forecast about 4% GDP growth for 2013. Kyiv Post reports that Ukraine’s GDP in the third quarter of 2012 shrank by 1.3% year-over-year, while in the first quarter it grew by 2% and in the second it rose by 3%. Forecast for 2013 is that ukrainian GDP will rise about 2.5 %.