Planned subsidy reform will help Brazilian national oil company Petrobras address rising pressures on its balance sheet. Brazil's fuel subsidies, which are paid for by Petrobras, have proved unsustainable, driving up the company's heavy debt burden.
The Brazilian ethanol sector would benefit from a win by Partido Socialista Brasileiro candidate Marina Silva in the country's upcoming presidential election. Latest polling data shows that Silva is virtually tied with President Dilma Rousseff of the Partido dos Trabalhadores in both the first and second rounds.
Investment into healthcare will remain one of the Brazilian government's tools to head off significant social instability and help bolster support for President Dilma Rousseff's October re-election bid. With USD1,024 per capita annual healthcare spending, the Brazilian healthcare sector has surpassed many developing countries in terms of healthcare standards and service coverage.
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