Amapa, Brazil’s far-north state could Be on EcoHouse Group’s Radar

Property giant EcoHouse Group are taking the Brazilian affordable housing market by storm and in the past 4 years have launched more Minha Casa Minha Vida housing projects than any other developer involved in the programme. The company has a unique way of raising funds for their projects and choose to involve investors rather than using bank funding which can be a long drawn out process, this has made investors all over the world a lot of money over the years and the company has recently expanded to the South and launch another housing project in Rio Grande do Sul.

It is however clear to see that EcoHouse is here to stay and rumours have been spreading that the state of Amapa, may be a future MCMV site, Brazil is a massive country and it make sense that a company growing at this phenomenal rate what to have a presence in every corner of the country.

The state of Amapá is the northernmost part of Brazil, bordering on French Guiana and the (former Dutch Guiana colony) republic of Suriname. In everyday speech many people nowadays still tend to use the old nickname of the territory, ‘Brazilian Guiana’, referring to its neighbours on the continent.

In the late nineteenth century the area of the state became of great interest because of gold deposits and the increasing importance of rubber. This led to serious clashes with French colonial neighbours, only settled in Brazil’s favour after much upset and by international arbitration at Geneva.

To the west and south of the state is the much larger state of Pará and at the extreme north of Amapá (and indeed Brazil as a whole) is the River Oiapoque estuary. The overall vegetation pattern of Amapá is rainforest growth and to this day well over half the territory of the state is still unexplored Amazon forest. For this reason the only large scale way to or from the capital city, Macapá ( on the Amazon) is by air or water. Every so often plans are drawn up for carving a major access road through the ‘jungle’ but so far nothing has come of them.

Altogether in the state live only about 650,000 people (more than 60% of them in the capital area), which is quite sparse considering the state has an area about half that of England. Seventy per cent of the people are ethnically mixed-race with considerable minorities of black or white. There are very few residents of indigenous ancestry. The state is unusual in that a fair number of people (but still a minority) also learn and speak French, prompted by the proximity of French Guiana, an overseas territory of France.

As regards the economy of the state, the vast majority of Amapá’s GDP nowadays comes from service sector sources. This amounts to about eighty-eight percent of the total. Industry accounts for just under eight percent of gross domestic product and agriculture five. For some decades from the mid twentieth century onwards, newly discovered manganese deposits revolutionised the local economy but by now (2014) that effect has become very much less.

The overall contribution of Amapá to the national economy at the present time is not impressive and amounts to scarcely one fifth of one per cent. Local administrators hope that the planned new international airport at Macapá will more than double visitors to and from the state and thereby boost the economy in the 2020’s and beyond

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Goianis Confident of MCMC after EcoHouse Group Closes Global Office to Concentrate on Construction

Because of it’s size to population ratio Goiania is another city crying out for more a affordable housing. Back in 2009 the government did launch the minha casa minha vida (my house my life) programme and many developers decided to participate, some big, some small. One of the largest and most successful MCMV developers is EcoHouse Group.

Since 2009 EcoHouse have completed various MCMV projects in Rio Grande do Norte around their offices in Natal and earlier this year took the step move south to Rio Grande do Sul and launch Monte Alerge close to state capital Porto Alregre.

Nobody knows what the property giants next move will be but with the closure of their Singapore office last week (a move welcomed by many who found that dealing with local branches difficult when trying to get up to date information on new and current projects.) and the announcement that they plan to manage all global affairs from the EcoHouse Group global headquarters in London, UK, It’s clear to see that the company is focusing on their build operatations in Brazil for the time being and Goiania may very well be next on the list.

Read more at Investor news now

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No MCMV for Recife As EcoHouse Group Chooses Alvorada For Its Next Project

Recife is one of Brazil’s largest coastal cities so you would think I would be a prime candidate for the Brazilian social housing programme (Minha Casa Minah Vida) but up until now no major social housing developer has starting building in or around the city. One of Brazil largest MCMV developers, EcoHouse Group who have launched various projects in Rio Grande do Norte have now moved their attention South to Porto Alerge in Rio Grand do Sul.

EcoHouse plan to launch additional MCMV developments and expand their operations in Brazil, EcoHouse Group recently closed their Singapore office and plan to manage all global affairs from the EcoHouse Group global headquarters in London, UK, a move welcomed by many who found that dealing with local branches difficult when trying to get up to date information on new and current projects.

read more at The Watchful Investor

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Property Giant EcoHouse a True Multilingual Company

Property giant EcoHouse Group is a true multilingual compnay, not only is the company founder and CEO Anthony Armstrong Emery fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Married to a native Brazilian woman but many of the companies 1000 strong workforce is also multilingual.

With offices in the United Kingdom, Brazil, North America, Singapore, Malaysia and most recently China EcoHouse Group Global chief of operations Deen Bissessar has stated that it is a growing requirement for EcoHouse staff to in fact be fluent in more than their native tongue.

Not many companies can boast such an impressive collection of global offices so early in their life, EcoHouse are modest about their success in the world of property development but it’s easy to see that they are here to stay and could in fact expand to become on of the world largest property developers

Brazil is growing in importance in the world. Not only is it the fifth-largest country in land area but it’s also ( with 200 million people) fifth largest in population too. As well as all that, it’s now well into the top ten of GDP global economies. In fact in the last few years it’s fiercely contending with the UK for sixth place in that listing. International trade and investment by, with or in the south American giant is becoming much more significant than in previous times.

All this makes the country’s official language, Portuguese, of increasing importance on the world stage. However, it’s often surprising for people to learn that there are over two hundred other languages spoken in the country. One must remember though that because of Brazil’s size, location and self sufficiency in many ways, comparatively few people speak a non-Portuguese language fluently.

This is slowly changing with the growth of international commerce and communications but is still a small development. English and Spanish are widely taught in schools and colleges and in fact the former has now replaced the latter as the main secondary tongue among educated people. This is probably because of the size of the USA and British economies (and their trade with Brazil)on the one hand and the fact that Brazil is surrounded by Spanish-speaking neighbours and trading partners on the other.

Of the couple of hundred languages which are spoken in Brazil, the vast majority are actually indigenous but remember only about a quarter of a percent of the people actually speak any of them. These are nearly all Amerindian people who speak pre-Columbian tongues (or at least their descended languages). Before European explorers and settlers first came to the continent, it’s estimated that there were about one thousand local languages spoken by six million native Americans throughout the Brazil area.

Nowadays of course there are far fewer. Nowadays, far more Brazilians speak Spanish, Italian, German or French (or others of European origin) as a second language as well as the country’s main tongue, Portuguese. To quote just one example, it’s been estimated that over three hundred thousand German-sppeakers immigrated to Brazil from German, Austria, Switzerland and parts of Poland and the Volga region of Russia.

The secondary language patterns in Brazil are usually regional in character. Significant minorities from, say, Italy or Germany settled in coastal areas in the nineteenth century and later, particularly in the far south in the states of Rio Grande do Sul or Santa Catarina. To this day, though, ninety-nine percent of people in Brazil are more comfortable speaking Portuguese than anything else.

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EcoHouse Group and Education In Brazil Today

Judging by the country’s current GDP, Brazil nowadays is one of the world’s half-dozen most important economies. In fact, currently the country and the United Kingdom are competing for sixth place. During the last two years or so, sometimes one is slightly ahead and sometimes the other. Of course, given that Brazil has over three times the population of the UK, the actual GDP ‘per head’ is nowhere near as equal as the national raw totals might suggest. Despite Brazil’s big strides during this new century, the people and government admit there is much still to do. For one thing, a simple GDP measure at any time doesn’t present a whole picture of the country, its population, welfare, security and so on.

An important feature of any society is its Education system. This isn’t just linked to the economy of course but a whole host of other social aspects are relevant. Located on the a Minha Casa Minha Vida developement in North Brazil called Bosque is the Escola Elilde Armstrong, or Elilde Armstrong School, is a project that was set up by property developer EcoHouse Group in July 2013 to support company construction workers who missed out on the opportunity to receive a basic education.

In Brazil, Education is pretty highly developed as a series of connected structures and facilities. In the public system there are three basic levels of schooling. In many places voluntary pre-school education is also provided by local government. The first ‘main’ educational level though is the so-called ‘Fundamental’ stage, free and compulsory for everyone aged from 6 to 14. The fist part is ‘F 1 (Fundamental 1) and the second F2. The curriculum is balanced at this stage and includes Portuguese (Brazilian version of course), Maths, Science, Geography, History Arts and PE. English and Spanish (and sometimes French and German) are increasingly taught.

The next stage of public education, the Middle Schools (‘Ensino Medio’), are also free but are voluntary and so are the public Universities that follow them. At most places at each level, wearing of uniforms (in these or indeed the private schools that run in parallel) is widely expected.

Along with any other middle-economy country, education is developing but still has a number of deficiencies. This is particularly true when it comes to regional disparities. Improvements are currently steady but the complex interaction between the various levels of government can often slow things down.

As an absolute fundamental, basic numeracy and literacy for every adult is the social goal. Obviously much more than that is also required for many in the country, particularly in high-tech, engineering or financial areas. School and college curriculum development is constantly being refined to meet the needs of the economy for qualified young people. However, at all levels the Brazilian governing strata acknowledge that broader education is also vital, to match the aesthetic and cultural requirements of booth the individual and wider society.

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Mas Clarification Welcomed by EcoHouse

EcoHouse Group COO Deen Bissessar has responded positively to the announcement of the Monetary Authority of Singapore that the company has been placed on its Investor Alert List.

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EcoHouse group’s Casa Nova Green Development

The MAS website describes the nature of the list as providing ‘a listing of unregulated persons who, based on information received by MAS, may have been wrongly perceived as being licensed or authorised by MAS.

To read the full article follow the link below

http://www.ecohousegroupnews.com/2014/07/08/ecohouse-group-welcomes-mas-clarification/

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Brics Bank will be established at Fortaleza Summit

Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to meet at summit in north east Brazil city with establishment of development bank main goal.

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The five nations have reached a broad consensus on the foundation of the bank according to Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, who expects the development bank to be set up at the July 15 summit in Fortaleza, just an hour flight from EcoHouse Group’s developments.

Read more at: http://www.ecohousegroupnews.com/2014/07/07/brics-bank-set-to-be-established-at-fortaleza-summit/

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