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February's show: A focus on Brazil

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(CNN) -- Richard Quest takes the show to Brazil for a country focus, traveling to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to take a look at the country's potential for economic stardom, and talk to ministers, business leaders and cultural figures.

Where it's at

For years Brazil has been tipped as an economic star, but poverty, poor infrastructure and corruption have held it back.

Its time may finally have arrived, with the country's currency, the real, strengthening by around 30 percent against the U.S. dollar since mid-2004.

The main reasons are the country's plentiful natural resources, booming trade and increased foreign investment.

Where it's going

Brazil, along with Russia, India and China, is one of the so-called BRIC countries that have been predicted to grow faster than the economies of the UK, Germany, Japan and the U.S.

Richard speaks to Sergio Gabrielle, President and CEO of Brazilian oil company, Petrobras about his economic aims plus the possibility of making Brazil self-sufficient in oil.

We also speak to leading economists, local musicians Zeze and Luciano di Carmargo and Cultural Minister Gilberto Gil in Davos, about the social and political issues facing the country.

Getting it moving

Sao Paulo has the highest per capita helicopter ownership in the developing world and now rivals Tokyo and New York as the world's leading helicopter user. We travel to work in a helicopter with a businessman to beat rush-hour traffic.

Sao Paulo, Brazil's financial center, has more German companies than any other city outside Germany. The head of the Brazil-German Chamber of Commerce gives us advice about how overseas companies can set up shop in Brazil, and we interview the head of Brazil operations for German tire maker Continental.

Traveling smart

Brazil has a high crime rate -- you can get mugged whilst sitting in traffic -- and it suffers from the highest firearm fatalities in the world despite a successful gun amnesty. We give our viewers some top tips on how to stay safe and street-wise in the country.

Two hours to kill

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz shows us his favorite places in Rio de Janeiro that are often overlooked by travel guides. For example, you can see monkeys at Parque Lage set against a backdrop of lush tropical vegetation and a waterfall.

Escape

Richard Quest tries the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira, has Bahia drumming lessons and joins pre-carnival preparations, learning how to strut his stuff at the Portela Samba School.

Show times

Sunday, February 12,

Asia: 1430 GMT, Europe/North Amercia: 2030 GMT, Latin America: 0030 GMT (Monday)

Tuesday, February 14,

All regions: 1630 GMT

Thursday, February 16

Asia/North America: 1330 GMT, Europe/Latin America/North America: 2130 GMT, Europe/Latin America: 0030 GMT (Friday)

Saturday, February 18

Asia/North America: 1130 GMT, Europe/Latin America/North America: 1930 GMT, Latin America: 0030 GMT (Sunday).

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