By Arnout Nuijt
2014 EDITION – Ever heard of Uberlândia, Joinville, Ribeirão Preto, Sorocaba or Londrina? Well, you may soon, as they are among Brazil’s next generation of big business cities. No doubt the biggest and most important business centres of Brazil are still the megacities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Further afield, most other state capitals full fill their role as the country’s other main economic centres: Belo Horizonte, Salvador da Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Curitiba and Porto Alegre. These are the cities that are dominating Brazil’s economic development. On top of that most of these capitals will be in the world’s spotlight as host cities of the 2014 World Cup and Rio will even host the Olympic Games of 2016.
But Brazil is big and there are plenty of other fast developing cities that have become important business hubs over the years and will be ever more important in the future. They did not get there with soccer tournaments or because held their state’s government, but by generating strong growth in private sectors such as agribusiness, oil & gas, industries, IT and ports & logistics. This is the third or 2014 edition of Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities and it comes with a change: the city of Sorocaba has entered this exclusive list for the first time. The Sorocaba region received a lot of foreign investment lately. This of course means another city was dropped from the list: Campos, due to the problems of Eike Batista’s business empire, the main investor in the region. So for a minute forget São Paulo, Rio and those other 2014 World Cup host cities, as here come Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities: Continue reading