TRANSFER newsletter Southern-Europe & Latin America (August 2010)

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Dear reader
Summer holidays are here for most of you. We send you this mail in the hope it may serve as inspiration for new export or investment activities after the summer. Our sector updates as always provide recent highlights of business opportunities in the countries we are active in. Think of France´s investments for the Euro 2016 tournament, Spain's new economic confidence and Brazil's booming renewable energy sector. And what about Mexico´s massive investments in port infrastructure?

Take a look at our agenda for future trade missions and other events, or for more information contact our office in Rotterdam or one of our local offices in Paris, Barcelona or São Paulo. We wish you all a wonderful summer!

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Renewable energy business in Brazil

In spite of all of the current developments, Brazil’s untapped potential to employ renewable energy resources such as biomass, solar (photovoltaic and thermal), small hydro and wind for electricity generation is tremendous.

Stress test spurs confidence in Spain

The European Union stress tests on banks vindicated Spain’s push to have the results published. All eight Spanish commercial banks tested passed the examination. Meanwhile, several sectors in Spain are again optimistic about the future because they see their revenues grow.

Chile has its Eye on the Sky

The world’s largest telescope ever will be constructed in Chile. A new impulse for development of the area, tourism, technological development, the possibility of creating business ventures and professional opportunities for operators and engineers.

French maritime sector changing focus

The financial crisis left its traces to the French maritime industry in 2009. The total turnover in this sector decreased from 54 billion euro in 2008 to 45 billion euro in 2009, a decline of 17%. But defence maritime business has been flourishing like never before. 

Brazil's medical tourism has the future

The Brazilian tourist industry is flourishing as ever. The last two decades the sector even received an extra dimension, based on esthetical aspects: plastic surgery. Brazil nowadays is seen as a serious number two worldwide, right behind the U.S and followed by Argentina and Venezuela. The heart of this remarkable business finds itself in Rio de Janeiro, called the capital of cosmetic vacations, where people gather for plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, all kinds of permanent cosmetic (hair) transplantations, etc.

Port of Veracruz offers opportunities

In 2008 we informed you on the Federal Government's infrastructure investment program for 2007-2012, which outlines some of the areas in which spending would be focused. Recently, Mexican authorities announced the expansion plan for one of the strategic projects of this program: the Port of Veracruz.

World Cup boost to Spanish economy

Depressing news for our Dutch readers, but doing business in Spain will certainly become better after Spain's first ever World Cup. Economists predict that the euphoria generated by the win could lift Spain out of crisis and propel the country to an economic growth of 0,7% by the end of the year.

Transfer lead partner Life+ project

Transfer Consultancy is lead partner of a consortium that recently got approval by the European Commission for its LIFE + project application "The Green Deserts". Within this ambitious project over 63 acres in five Spanish provinces (Valladolid, León, Zamora, Zaragoza and Barcelona) will be reforested. 

French big bullies at work...

Of all European employees, the French ones seem to be harassed most by close colleagues. Some 20% suffer from this according to Effectory, having interviewed more than 6.000 employees from 8 different countries. In the Netherlands the rate is approx. 6% and in Sweden 7%. Spain, Italy and Belgium occupied the intermediate layer. However, the approach in the countries differs considerally. The French consider it as an opportunity to learn how to deal with different and difficult people. And what’s wrong with that?