Multinationals Step Lively To The Free Trade Bossa Nova

The top brass of 20 big multinational companies shifted uneasily in their seats around the conference table in the Economy Ministry's stark, modern meeting salon. They were waiting for their regular luncheon with Economy Minister Marcilio Marques Moreira, whose no-nonsense style had always inspired confidence. The Minister was late--and Brasilia was rife with rumors of an impending political shakeup by President Fernando Collor de Mello.

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