The Ambassador divided the pre-candidates in two groups, the leading candidates, and the candidates that are still having less than 5% of vote intentions up to now. The main names are: former Minister of State and former governor of Ceará, Ciro Gomes, considered himself central left; former governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, who has run for president twice; then an far right candidate, member of the Congress and former military man, Jair Bolsonaro; an environmentalist and former minister of Environment Marina Silva and, who came in third place on 2014 elections; the last name of this group is likely to be banned from running due to corruption conviction, the former Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula Silva, who is currently in jail.
The case of Lula is still a big mystery to Brazil elections. Although two courts have considered him guilty, his lawyers are claiming that Lula’s convictions were unfair and political motivated. Lula and his party PT have indicated that Lula will fight in top court for the chance of running for President. If this happens, Lula has the highest vote intentions and could win a second-round runoff vote against his opponent.
According to Ambassador Prata, the elections outlook has never been so unclear before. The people is skeptical of choosing between the candidates, because they do not like the options and distrust politicians. So far, according to his point of view, any of the candidates have the chance to win the elections. Plus, he explained that smart alliances would be essential for these elections.
Another point mentioned by the ambassador is the polarization between the left and right wings and the lack of a central politician representative so far. Ambassador Prata believes that whoever ends up running for Brazilian leadership will face Brazil’s demand for high priorities, such as endemic corruption and urban insecurity.
After these important considerations, the Ambassador opened a Q&A session to the audience. The discussion was very productive and informative. A new edition of this dialogue will be held in the same format in September. By then, the Ambassador will be able to introduce the real candidates for the general elections and keep bringing insights for the creation of future scenarios regarding businesses and the economic outlook of Brazil.
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC.
The 2018 General Meeting was held on April 13th at Statoil, at Fornebu. A mingling session with refreshments opened the activities.
Before the General Meeting, the head of communication for Statoil Brasil, Øisten Johannessen, gave a presentation where he updated the audience about the company’s priorities for the next years and presented their expectations for Brazil moving forward, and maturing as a core area.
According to Johannessen, Statoil has created knowledge along the 15 years of operation in Brazil. Now they are well known to Brazil, and how it works and they feel confident with the diversified portfolio of activities at all stages of development, from the … to the production. He talked about the most significant project of Statoil in Brazil, Peregrino and gave an update on other licenses, partnerships, cooperation and Statoil’s investment in renewable energy in the country. Johannessen recognizes the importance of partnerships to make projects more dynamic and bring different perspectives. He also updated the audience on the new collaboration with Petrobras with their participation in Roncador, which creates a potential for additional value generation for both parties by applying Statoil’s knowledge and experience in Increased Oil Recovery (IOR).
Statoil is committed to develop local capacity for the industry and actively participates in projects that favour technological innovation and development in Brazil. They have a strong position in Brazil and see the country as a central area for long-term growth. “Brazil is one of the most important countries in our international portfolio, and the new licenses and partnerships strengthens Brazil’s position as a priority area for Statoil,” said Øisten Johannessen.
Turning to the formal part of the AGM, 33 members were present, among them 8 members of the Board of Directors. The meeting was declared formally opened and constituted, according to the statutes by the Chair of the Board, Mr. Harald Martinsen. As no other candidates stepped forward, Mr. Martinsen proceeded to chair the meeting. Larissa Costa Slottet was appointed to record the minutes.
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC
More than 30 leaders members and friends of BNCC gathered at the Brazilian Embassy in Oslo to the first Executive Dialogue organized by the chamber, with an extraordinary guest, Mr. Erling Lorentzen.
The ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Mr. George Monteiro Prata welcomed the audience and Mr. Lorentzen, who is a crucial actor in the commercial relations between Brazil and Norway. Aage Thoen, board member of BNCC, moderate the dialogue, where top-level managers dealing with Brazil had the opportunity to ask questions and exchange experiences with Mr. Lorentzen.
Erling Sven Lorentzen (born 28 January 1923) is a Norwegian shipowner and industrialist who has lived in Brazil since 1953. He was married to Princess Ragnhild, who died in 2012. In Brazil, Lorentzen pursued entrepreneurial ventures in shipping and energy/liquefied petroleum gas and founded Aracruz Cellulose, responsible for the creation of more than 100 thousand direct and indirect jobs in Brazil.
Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Mr. George Monteiro Prata and Aage Thoen, board member of BNCC and Mr. Lorentzen talking to the attendees.
Mr. Lorentzen told the presents that this market opportunity was realized by him when Dr. Eliezer Batista, then president of Vale do Rio Doce contacted him to transport ore and timber combined in the same ships. He concluded that it would not be ideal, mainly because of the possibility of contamination of the wood with ore dust. So Lorentzen told him and other professionals involved in the project that it was the right time to make a scale pulp mill in Brazil. Years later he heard from President Geisel himself that many times it was discussed in government if they should support this “crazy Norwegian” in his ideas. But Mr. Lorentzen was firmly convinced that this project would bring significant value to Brazil, both for job creation and export competitiveness, among other aspects.
During the dialogue, he was asked for advice to Norwegian who are doing business in Brazil. Lorentzen was accurate in saying that the number one reason for his success in the country was related to people. “Brazil is a good country to work in, but is important to listen to people, invite them to participate and create confidence in them,” said Mr. Lorentzen. He believes that creates friendships and understands the Brazilians is fundamental to develop a business relationship where both countries win.
When asked about the main success factors for business in Brazil, he mentioned three points: In Brazil, you have human potential, possibilities of investment from BNDS and vast market prospective. About the challenges, he mentioned that corruption is an evil that destroys nations, and is present in Brazil. He affirmed that his behavior in Brazil has always been intact, transparent and human and this helped to face this challenge.
Mr. Lorentzen charmed the attendees with his energy, good humor, his histories, experiences, and advice. He seems never grow old in his ideas and never give up on the progress of the humanity. Today, he is involved in a sustainable project in Ghana, where the intention is to create a forest base of 20 thousand hectares and generate about 4 thousand jobs.
At the end of the meeting, Aage Thoen, handled a diploma of honorary member of BNCC to Mr. Lorentzen on behalf of the chamber, in recognition of his preeminence for having a significant and positive impact on the Brazilian-Norwegian commercial relations.
Mr. Lorentzen being honored honorary member of the BNCC
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC