Fighting the Good Fight
Brazil’s trade and industry minister has been in the
job barely a year and already has something to show for his time in
government. But Luiz Furlan still has much to do before the country
emerges as a major trading nation.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made
some surprising choices when he assembled his cabinet a year
ago. One of his more interesting decisions was to pick Luiz
Furlan, a millionaire São Paulo businessman, to head the
amorphous development, industry and trade ministry. Furlan, 56,
the boss of Sadia, Brazils largest poultry company and a
big exporter, hardly seemed the right man to take charge of a
slow-moving bureaucracy in Brasília. He is a typical
Paulistabusinessman - a blunt, no-nonsense kind
of man used to making decisions quickly and having them carried
Neither did a man born to great wealth - Furlans
grandfather founded Sadia 50 years ago - seem a natural
choice for a government led by the left-wing Workers Party.
Furlan says, I did not have any acquaintance with
President Lula and was not affiliated with any political party.
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