Una visión argentina sobre la situación competitiva de la industria brasileña
The work looks at the current situation of the Brazilian industrial sector as well as
the strategies carried out to increase external competition. It also analyzes two specific industrial
sectors: food and petrochemicals, and their position regarding the process of integration
with Argentina. The large increase in the Brazilian external trade balance during the 1980s
was the result of some factors which seem difficult to sustain in the long run. On the other
hand, the implementation of the industrial policy established from 1990 has been very slow.
However, there is a clear disposition both in the private and public sector to carry out a process
to improve competitiveness and to allow the survival of an industrial sector whose level
of production is still higher than the Asian tigers all together. But the success of an industrial
strategy will depend on the resolution of the current political and macroeconomic problems.
JEL Classification: L60; L52.
Keywords: Industrial policy industrial sector competitiveness