The MNEmerge workshop The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Emerging Countries took place on November 27th, 2015 at the Trindade Campus of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. The topics of the workshop included, among others, the role of energy in improving human life and living standards, and the impact of business environment in attracting multinational enterprises to enter the electricity market. The workshop gathered together representatives from the MNEmerge project, as well as several experts from the business world, academia and various institutions.
The workshop started with a welcome address by Leonardo Bremermann, representative of the host organisation INESC P&D Brasil, and an introduction to the MNEmerge project by Bruno Woeran, MNEmerge project manager (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland), and Juha Väätänen, MNEmerge project director (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland). The opening speeches were followed by presentations on Agriculture Sector in Brazil by Airton Spies (Santa Catarina State Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries, Brazil), The Impact of Multinational Enterprises in Brazil and South America by Nildon Ouriques (Santa Catarina Federal University, Brazil) and The Future of Renewable Energy by Antti Kosonen (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland). After the presentations, the discussions continued at a round table on Sustainable Development and Public Policies in the Energy Sector.