President Lindolfo Paoliello

Internalization as a value

Message from ACMinas President, Lindolfo Paoliellolindolfo

Economic activity is present in its origins and therefore, in the very name of the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais, which translates into English as “General Mines”. But if the connection of the region with the mining activity comes, since its early days, from mineral commodities characterizing its natural wealth, today what  makes Minas Gerais stand out on cutting edge activities comes from its population intellectual wealth. Its mountainous topography  takes the population of Minas into introspection and a remarkable intellectual activity, which have led it to become a reference in the production of knowledge. The ease of the “mineiro” in the assimilation of learning became apparent during the implementation of Fiat Vehicles Brazil, taken into consideration the speed with which they obtained results of the training programs implemented by this company and hundreds of others that immediately settled in Minas Gerais. A region of extractive and agricultural economy which became industrialized in less than 10 years. Today, with universities that have become reference; the consolidation of a business school recognized worldwide for its quality, FDC – Fundação Dom Cabral; and the strengthening of research institutes, innovation, technology and management development have become differentials of Minas Gerais, which starts to stand out in areas such as biotechnology, information technology and electronics.

Adding to this investment promising prospect, the progress in a process of internationalization that in Minas Gerais becomes noticeable as a decision of the macro business strategy deserves mentioning. In Belo Horizonte, the state capital, ACMinas, with the support from the Department of Trade Promotion and Investment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from Globo Minas TV and from pioneering companies in international business, has already reached an advanced stage in the Internationalize BH project. Its efficient cause is behavioral in nature, stimulating international interaction, the perception habits, customs, values and knowledge. The final cause is the incorporation of styles, practices, processes and technology in international standards and the consolidation of a favorable environment for up-to-date developments.

Launching this new edition of the Minas Gerais Business Guide, ACMinas contributes to the knowledge and the development of the new economy of Minas Gerais, providing a valuable tool to guide investments in this attractive region.

Lindolfo Paoliello
Associação Comercial e Empresarial de Minas