Brazil's presidential candidates present infra plans

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Some of Brazil's presidential candidates presented divergent plans to promote investments in the country's infrastructure.

In a seminar hosted by infrastructure association ABDIB, various candidates showed their plans, except current frontrunner Jair Bolosonaro.

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Brazilians go to the polls in October to vote for president, state governors and legislators.


Marina Silva (pictured) of the center-left Rede party, and who recent polls have in second place, defended the Lava Jato anti-corruption probe as it uncovered wrongdoing of construction conglomerates in contracts with state run companies.

Silva also defended the pension reform and public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects. "We need to avoid the view of the state as a provider. No country is competitive without a competitive industry," she said. The former minister also underlined that it is necessary to block political interference in regulatory agencies.


Leftist candidate Ciro Gomes of the Democratic Workers party, who is disputing the second place with Silva, seeks to use part of the foreign exchange reserves to fuel investments in infrastructure.

"We can use it to help leverage things," Gomes said.

The candidate also plans to resume various paralyzed infrastructure projects across the nation. "The focus is on stationary works. It has 7,600 works stopped; we can activate two-thirds of them with a conversation with a judge, talk with a prosecutor, and regulations of lower hierarchy, take the protection of the public servant who has difficulty signing things, changing standards."


São Paulo state's former governor Geraldo Alckmin, of the centrist PSDB party, said he plans a rapid fiscal adjustment to free money for infrastructure and sanitation projects.

Alckmin also defended more PPPs.

"The state should not be an entrepreneur, it must be a planner, regulator and inspector; bring private initiative, concessions and PPPs."


Even with legal challenges reducing drastically the chances for former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is in jail, to run, a representative of Lula's coalition, Manuela D'Ávila, attended the seminar.

D'Ávila defended the use of a portion of foreign exchange reserves and more resources from development bank BNDES to allow more infrastructure investments.