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18 February, 2014 | (01 hr)

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After a remarkably long period of economic growth and optimism, the country’s economy and society seems once again to be suffering the dual disappointments of unfulfilled promises and missed opportunities. The progress that began with the economic reforms in the 1990s and significant investment in social cohesion, which lifted some 35 million Brazilians out of poverty in the 2000s, has stalled again. One reason is that the tailwinds from the commodity boom fueled by China’s explosive growth and cheap capital, driven by quantitative easing in mature economies, are fading. But longer term, Brazil is facing critical strategic choices and trade-offs to be able to accelerate growth beyond 3 percent. It needs to navigate between limiting the growth of government spending and the need to step up investment in infrastructure and public services.


Aloisio Campelo

Aloisio Campelo
Superintendent for Statistics
Fundação Getulio Vargas

Aloisio Campelo Junior, Superintendent for Statistics of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/IBRE), leads a team of 25+ economists. He also provides technical assistance to the Economic Cycle Dating Committee of Brazil (CODACE) and is a member of the FGV/IBRE´s short-term macroec...Full Bio

Roberto Castello Branco

Roberto Castello Branco
Advisor to the CEO

Roberto Castello Branco is Advisor to the CEO of Vale in Rio de Janeiro, where he just retired from his position as Head of Investor Relations and Chief Economist, being responsible for the global relationship with capital market participants. He was a Central Bank director of Brazil, a Professor...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Senior Advisor
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is a Senior Advisor of the Economy, Strategy and Finance (ESF) Center at The Conference Board. From 2008 until September 2020 he was Chief Economist and Head ...Full Bio

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