A few weeks ago there was an absorbing article by New York Times travel columnist Simon Romero, raving about the urban gentrification of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo.
|He pointed out in years past that this metropolis of 20 million was intimidating, some areas decaying, and an aura of pervasive poverty and crime. But in the past 10 years, this city named after Saint Paul has undergone an amazing transformation. With the country’s ongoing unparalleled economic expansion, the rapidly expanding middle class has rediscovered the city as a place for living, work, and recreation.|
Noticeably, waves of immigrants from elsewhere in the Americas, and from as far away as Europe, Africa, and Asia are making their way in as well to carve their niche into Paulistan society, bringing with them rich heritage and new vigor every society needs to grow and move forward.
This is the perfect metaphor for what has been occurring within the medical industry in Brazil as well. As more and more Brazilians have prospered, the demand for ever better medical care has logically increased as well. Brazil’s market for medical technology grew by almost 18% in 2011 and has achieved a volume of US$ 7.6 billion. In 2011, the importation value of medical equipment and products from abroad was placed at US$ 3.03 billion, over 40% of total consumption!
Hospitalar 2013, International Fair of Products, Equipment, Services and Technology for Hospitals, Laboratories, Pharmacies, Health Clinics and Medical Offices has now for 20 years been the country’s leading international medical trade fair, serving as the perfect platform for overseas companies to enter this thriving and growing market. From the US and Canada alone nearly 60 companies will be on hand presenting their latest technologies and products – of which over a third will participate in the North American Pavilion, organized and produced by Messe Düsseldorf North America.
Annually, Hospitalar has featured around 1,300 exhibitors and enjoyed over 90,000 trade visits – making it not only Latin America’s largest and leading medical industry trade show, but one of the largest in the world.
So why not check out São Paulo and see for yourself all of the exciting developments, not just within the medical sector, but the vibrancy of the city.
And just a tip: If you go there and want one of the most fantastic dining experiences ever, visit Mocoto Restaurante & Cachaçaria. The young chef there, Rodrigo Oliveira, is pushing the envelope of Brazilian cuisine and raising it to new and exciting levels, much like everywhere in Brazil these days.