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Business Opportunities in the Amazon
Responsible business and information key factors to save the forest
Antonio Carlos Rix (carlosrix)     Print Article 
  Published 2008-08-16 07:57 (KST)   
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The giant rain forest in Central and South America, the Amazon, is actually shared by many countries, namely Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela. The fantastic city of Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon, is a true representative of that entire world -- the capital of the state of Amazonas in Brazil is a pole of economic development in the heart of the rainforest, a living statement of its contradictions and potentialities.

Almost 25 million people live in the Brazilian part (I don't want to use the word "cut" here for obvious reasons) of the Amazon. Clearly, there is the need is to preserve versus the need to grow and sustain. Just as you do -- I really hope you do -- all people living there want to live a good life, have food, access to facilities, good education and so on. In Brazil the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Para, Rondonia, Roraima and Tocantins all together contain within their boundaries the forest. They represent about 60 percent of the Brazilian territory -- some five million square kilometers.

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With just a glance at a map, you will see that Brazil has more of the Amazon in its territory then any of the other countries. So it does have more responsibility and more problems to deal with. For it is not only in Brazil that you have locals and foreign people from all over the world trying to find fortune in the forest one way or another. Locals will sell, cut, burn -- you name it -- just to live. These people are actually the biggest victims of the system. Some time ago, when I first went to visit Manus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, I wrote, "You want to save the forests? Don't buy, for example, solid wood furniture if that wood is not certified! It's that simple!"

That is one side, yes! But not the only one. Responsible business and information are also key factors if the Amazon Forest is to be saved. Now another great opportunity for you to get involved and check it all for yourself is at hand. The 2008 FIAM (The Amazon International Fair) is about to take place once more in Manaus in September. The whole world is invited and so are you.

(Photo courtesy of FIAM 2008 organizers)
©2008 FIAM 2008

Amazon International Fair IV - FIAM 2008

Sept. 10-13, 2008
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

Three hundred exhibitors will be distributed in 162 booths that will provide products and services geared for commercial and industrial sectors as well as institutional projects and a wide range of products manufactured from raw material from the Amazonian biodiversity: handicrafts, food, phytotherapy, phytocosmetics and furniture design, among others.

Some other events will take place:

-Projects Show
-Tribute to 100 Years of Japanese Immigration to Brazil
-Direct Business Meetings
-Tourism Actions
-Scientific-Technical Exhibition
-International Seminar Days

More than 100,000 visitors are expected during the five-day event.

Businesses to be closed during the FIAM 2008 are expected to increase 20 percent over the results achieved in FIAM 2006 direct business meetings only. Business rounds involving small and medium enterprises, amounting to some US$7 million, with $2 million achieved instantly.

Brazilian states taking part are Amazonas, Acre, Rondonia, Roraima, Amapa, Tocantins, Para, Mato Grosso and Maranhao. Visitors will come from all over the country.

Other countries will be present too: Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, Mexico, Aruba, United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, India, South Korea and Dubai, among others.

I was lucky to be at the last edition, and I can assure you, it is an opportunity not to be missed.

I hope to see you there!

Ponta Negra is a fancy part of Manaus. The Black River is the source of life, food, goods, transportation and entertainment.
©2008 Antonio Carlos Rix

Manaus -- two million people live in the middle of the rain forest. It's a city that will make you feel very welcome.
©2008 Antonio Carlos Rix

Manaus has many five-star hotels to accommodate you and your family.
©2008 Antonio Carlos Rix

- Manaus for Carlos Rix. Reading by J. Lebedev. 

©2008 OhmyNews
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