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Brazil launches ambitious program to auction off oil, power and infrastructure concessions

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 19:56 UTC
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Temer's administration is selling assets and pushing for unpopular austerity reforms to prop fiscal accounts that has cost Brazil its investment-grade rating. Temer's administration is selling assets and pushing for unpopular austerity reforms to prop fiscal accounts that has cost Brazil its investment-grade rating.
“We need to open up to the private sector because the state cannot do everything,” Temer told ministers in a meeting to discuss the plan, dubbed “Project Growth.” “We need to open up to the private sector because the state cannot do everything,” Temer told ministers in a meeting to discuss the plan, dubbed “Project Growth.”
The program includes the long-delayed auction of rights in oil fields and hydroelectric plants in the first and second half of 2017. The program includes the long-delayed auction of rights in oil fields and hydroelectric plants in the first and second half of 2017.

Brazil on Tuesday launched a multibillion-dollar plan to auction off oil, power rights and infrastructure concessions, in an attempt by the new government to bolster private investment in a moribund economy. The government will sell operating licenses for airports in the cities of Porto Alegre, Salvador, Florianopolis and Fortaleza by the first quarter of 2017. It also plans to sell rights to operate federal roads in the center-west and south regions later next year.

 Conservative president Michel Temer has vowed to shift economic policy away from the interventionist policies of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, that marred investors' confidence in the once-booming economy.

Rousseff, a populist in her second term as president, was ousted by the Senate in August for breaking budget rules to conceal a massive deficit as the economy spiraled deeper into recession. Brazil is facing its worst recession in eight decades.

Under pressure to rescue Brazil's economy Temer is selling assets and pushing for a series of unpopular austerity reforms to prop fiscal accounts that has cost Brazil its investment-grade rating.

“We need to open up to the private sector because the state cannot do everything,” Temer told ministers in a meeting to discuss the plan, dubbed “Project Growth.”

The program includes the concession of railway projects that have already been built as well as the long-delayed auction of rights in oil fields and hydroelectric plants in the first and second half of 2017.

The government will also privatize six power distributors owned by state-run power holding company Eletrobras in the north and northeastern regions.

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  • Hepatia

    Trouble is that none of these policies would make it through an election. Temer has no mandate.

    Sep 14th, 2016 - 12:37 am 0
  • golfcronie

    Brazil will no longer be a country in 25 years.

    Sep 14th, 2016 - 07:47 am 0
  • :o))

    The oil, power & infrastructure concessions are already riddled with corruption and are making enormous losses.

    If they are going to be auctioned off; the base-prices need to be rock-bottom. And unavoidably - needless to say - there is going to be corruption at the auctions!

    The benefit to Brazil? Practically nothing - just like the Olympics!

    Sep 14th, 2016 - 09:37 am 0
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