Bahia - Brazil: March 2013
Faculty Leader: Marc Modica
The Brazilian economy is one of the ten largest in the world. Brazil has a very dynamic and diversified economic environment, encompassing manufacturing, agricultural, services and mining activities. The country is the seventh largest automobile manufacturer, the third largest civil aircraft manufacturer and the first largest ethanol, coffee and soybean producer in the world.
Brazil has about 180 million inhabitants. During the last hundred years, people from many different nationalities immigrated to the country, mainly from Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan. The presence of organizations from these and other countries (EUA, England, Sweden, France and many others) is remarkable and begun in the middle of the 20th century.
The current economic, social and political context, supported by massive privatization and the taming of inflation during the 1990s, makes Brazil an interesting alternative for investment, although improvements in terms of infrastructure, fiscal and labor legislation are clearly needed.
Darden students will spend their time in Brazil being oriented to the Brazilian economy and business climate and then working in teams on consulting projects. Bahia is a hub for the petrochemical and construction industries and also actively involved preparing to help host the 2014 World Cup. Partnering with local MBA students on short-term consulting engagements around a specific challenge or opportunity for a firm in Bahia, Darden students will have the opportunity to explore the Brazilian business world and the nature of international consulting.
Watch a video interview with a past participant of the Brazil GBE here.
Helpful City/Country Links
U.S. State Department, including Tips for Travelling Abroad and the Consular Information Sheet
CIA World Fact Book
Official site of Brazil's government
Brazil's Tourism Office
Website listing several interesting links related to tourism, culture, literature, politics and the economy in Brazil.
One of Brazil's largest news portals.