Brazil's construction boom offers sporting chance to cities

Brazil plans to begin $407bn of infrastructural projects in the coming years. The upcoming 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games have put pressure on the Brazilian government to accelerate the building process in spite of many adversities. Decades of under-investment have greatly reduced the Brazilian government's ability to complete large architectural projects. Furthermore, large protests over increases in the cost of public transport have created a politically unstable environment. According to a report titled "Brazilian infrastructure: it's now or never," Brazil relies on credit, consumption and commodities to stimulate economic growth. Approximately 70 percent of of Brazil's exports are commodities, however, congested roads, airports and seaports have made the export of some commodities, such as agricultural products, a very slow process. "In soya beans and in agricultural exports, the whole problem is only going to get worse," says Fernando Martins of Bain & Company. "For the first time now we are seeing a situation in which the summer harvest has not been entirely exported yet, and the winter harvest is coming in, and the winter harvest is almost as big as the summer harvest."

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