Brazil's Northeast is attracting the most interest on part of national and international investors because it is undoubtedly one of the region's that has shown the greatest potential when it comes to development of new businesses. Over the last few years, a greater and greater number of investors have turned to the Northeast. This has been reflected in the region's growth rate. From 1990 to 1999, for example, the Northeast's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 3.1%, compared to the national average of 2.51%. Business groups from the most diverse sectors have been quick to set up office in the region with plans for expansion.
Adapted from: http://www.brazilnow.com/arquivos/bn20/coverstory.html
Answer questions 016 to 021 according to TEXT I.
In the sentence "This has been reflected in the region's growth rate." (lines 3 and 4), the pronoun this refers to
the profitable return on investments.
the region's greatest economic potential.
the continuous and rising flow of investments.
the lack of interest on part of national and international investors.