Associations representing companies from the infrastructure sector evaluated the victory of candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the elections this Sunday Oct. 28th, pointing out his speeches in favor of a more liberal government and pro-market partnerships as positive for investments in the sector.
The unanimous desire is to work in partnership with the elected government and that the future government act quickly to seize the initial support of society to approve necessary measures in Congress.
But the fear pointed out by representatives who spoke to the team of the new president of the sector is that the lack of practical experience of the main managers with the public administration and with the state bureaucracy leads to slowness to attack the main problems of the sector immediately.
Brazilian Road Concession Association CEO, Cesar Borges, said that the elected governments have at the beginning the good will of the Congress to approve guidelines to mark the management and that it will be necessary to take advantage of this moment.
“You have to take advantage [the initial period], be smart and move fast, with consensus solutions,” said Borges, a former governor of Bahia and a former transport minister.
According to him, the association is now preparing to present to the team of Bolsonaro its plan for the highways sector, Caminhos Para Brasil, which he said presents directions both for the future of the concessions and to solve liabilities of old concessions.
Ports sector, Brazilian Association of Port Terminals (ABTP) CEO, Jose di Bella, said that he has already met with Bolsonaro’s main advisors for the infrastructure sector, leading to the clear direction that the port sector suffers a paradox of having demand and ability to invest, but being prevented from doing so by the state bureaucracy.
Di Bella said that after the election is defined, will present more specific plans of the sector, including that the port terminals should not be considered as a public service or a concession of a work since, because they are long-term contracts, need constant investments. Di Bella praised the long-term planning vision desired by the new team.
Usuport (Bahia Ports User Association) president Andre Seixas said that political appointments to positions at regulatory agencies should also be resolved. “We hope that when the mandates of the regulatory agencies are ending, and new ones come, that they are technical indications. I do not know if he’s going to get 100%, but if he gets more than half that’s enough.”
Railways and Building Industry
Another entity that saw Bolsonaro’s victory with optimism was National Association of Railroad Carriers (ANTF) for whom the next government’s priority will be to “take the paper” out of the greenfield and brownfield projects, and especially the North-South.
In a statement, ANTF said that Bolsonaro‘s team made contacts with the entity before the second round and stressed that “this is a good sign.” The association said that now “the effort will be to sit down and talk, in a calm and objective way, with the interlocutors of the new government, but with a greater depth, technically and in detail, on the most costly issues’ railway”.
The + Ferrovias Group, which congregates modal defense entities, intends to send a letter to the new president requesting a review of the current model of renewal of concession contracts for the sector.
In a statement, Brazilian Chamber of Construction Industry (CBIC) reported that “The time has come for the truce to build a country with social justice, legal security and opportunities for all based on decent employment historical moment of our homeland.”
National Confederation of Transport (CNT) CEO, Clesio Andrade, also stated in a note that: “The transport sector expects that, from now on, everyone will unite in favor of the common good, in search of social harmony and of the resumption of economic development in Brazil”.