Leaders of 38 major Brazilian companies have delivered a ‘manifesto’ to Vice-President, Hamilton Mourão, stating their concern about the lack of swift action on the part of the Brazilian government in relation to the deforestation of the Amazon Forest. The leaders declare themselves concerned about the negative reactions of Brazilian investors, and reaffirm their commitment to sustainable development.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, agribusiness does not need the Amazon to expand its production in the country. This statement is made at a time when Brazil is leading record of deforestation in the largest tropical forest on the planet. The minister says that part of the criticism is related to commercial interests and competition, and that agro, despite the pandemic, has increased exports and domestic consumption.
The Parliamentary Front of Agriculture will promote, on Thursday, a new debate on the Law of Agriculture focused on the issue of Rural Credit Notes and Equalisation of Interest. The issue and electronic transactions of Agro securities have already been discussed; the changes to the Rural Product Certificate (CPR); and agribusiness bonds. In February, the House of Representatives approved a provisional measure (MP 897/19), which gave rise to the Agro Law.
BNDES is planning to hold 3 privatisation auctions in the sanitation sector by the end of the year: The water and sewage concessions in Alagoas and Rio de Janeiro, and the PPP (public-private partnership) in the city of Cariacica (ES). The estimate is R$ 36 billions ($6.8 bn) of investment throughout the concession in the areas that will be granted to the private initiative.
Petrobras received another R$265.1 million ($50 mm) as a result of a leniency agreement. This time, the agreement was signed by Technip Brasil and Flexibras, companies of the Technip Group. Thus, the total funds returned to the company exceeded the amount of R$4.5 billion ($849 mm), as a result of the investigations of Car Wash Operation.
The tax reform, expected to be voted in August, could be a boost for “green recovery” in Brazil. Sustainable economy, clean energy and low carbon emissions have been a new paradigm hunted in some countries that have already surpassed the peak of the new coronavirus. For the coordinator of the environmental front, tax reform is one of the ways to redirect public resources to this change.
The cooling of the turbulence caused by the new coronavirus pandemic and the low salaries made the government’s debt rise for the first time in two months. The Federal Public Debt (DPF), which includes the federal government’s internal and external indebtedness, rose 2.17% in nominal terms in May compared to April. The stock rose to R$ 4.251 trillion ($ 800 bn).
The new sanitation project aims at the universalisation of basic sanitation by 2033. Currently, 100 million people do not have sewage collection and 34 million are without drinking water. Currently, only 6% of cities are served by private initiative. In the other 94%, the service is provided by state-owned companies. The estimated cost of the project is R$700 billion.
According to data from Mapbiomas, 99% of the deforestations that happened in 2019 in Brazil were done illegally, which placed the country in the first place of deforestation in the world. According to the report, Brazil lost 12,000 km2 of native vegetation in 2019, which means that deforestation in the country is advancing 1.5 km2 per hour.
Federal revenue fell 31.3% in real terms (IPCA) in May, compared to May 2019, according to a previous calculation by FGV. The official data for the collection of May will be released by the government after the 20th. FGV calculations indicate that the federal collection was R$ 79.337 billion ($ 15.8 bn) in May. Year-to-date, revenues are R$ 579.119 billion ($ 116 bn), a real drop of 11.6% compared to the first five months of 2019.