During a meeting with American and Brazilian investors yesterday, in New York, the Minister of Planning, Budget and Management (MPOG), Miriam Belchior, affirmed that Brazilian economy should perform growth increase in 2012, compared to last year, diverging from the global slowdown. The Minister explained to business people, American and Brazilian investors, representatives of diplomatic body and journalists, that Brazil took the fourth position in the global flow of foreign investments, reaching a historic record of US$ 66.7 billion. The minister outlined a number of points that are favorable to invest in the country, recalling that Brazil has become the 6th largest economy in the world. “It is a place of opportunities for its people, for entrepreneurs and investors seeking economic stability, consumer market in expansion and support policies for investments and for innovation”. Miriam Belchior explained to the participants of the meeting, that Brazil entered 2012 with a more competitive exchange rate, lower interest rates and fiscal strength of Government, of companies and financial institutions. As positive aspects, she also listed the low unemployment rate, inflation under control, consumer and businesses confidence, and a strong portfolio of public and private investment for the years to come.