In three weeks, voters will choose Brazil’s next president, all members of the lower house of Congress and two-thirds of the Senate, plus governors, vice governors and legislators for the 26 states of Brazil and its capital. Brazilian general elections scheduled for October 7th still presents many uncertainties.
The ambassador of Brazil, HE Mr. George Monteiro Prata hosted the second dialogue with the members of BNCC at the Embassy regarding the upcoming general elections and insights about the candidates for the presidency of Brazil. As in the last meeting, the ambassador began his presentation remembering that the country is holding its 7th direct national elections after the fall of the military dictatorship. According to ambassador Prata, none of them have been contested, what shows the maturity of the Brazilian democracy.
Alongside the president, he called the attention to the key role of the Congress and governors - since in Brazil, without building a coalition, it would be very difficult for the president to pass legislation. So, choosing wisely these candidates is crucial.
“The results of these elections are unpredictable”, said the ambassador. He pointed out two major factors that will impact the voter’s choice this year. Firstly, the country’s worst economic recession, which began in 2014 and is under slow recovery. Secondly, is the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) corruption investigation, which involves politicians from all the main parties and has raised discussions about the necessity for a new way of making politics in the country.
The ambassador presented the five front-runners and their economic proposals, due to the focus on the BNCC interest. The leader with 25% of vote intention is a former army captain, far-right congressman, Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party). Bolsonaro supports conservative views with radicalism and advocates tough measures to fight crime, plus liberal economy. Although he has the most significant support, he also has the most significant rejection and according to the current polls, he would not win over any of the other main candidates in the second round.
Right behind, a well-known politician from a center-left democratic labor party, former Congressman, former governor of the state of Ceará, is Ciro Gomes (Democratic Labor Party). He proposes an economic reform that is open to foreign investment, while he promises to protect the domestic industry. After him, an environmentalist with a compelling life story, who has run twice before, Marina Silva (Sustainability Network). She is an icon of the green international network and supports fairly orthodox economic policies. “She refuses to make alliances with other parties and polls indicate that she has been losing support”, said the ambassador.
Geraldo Alckmin (Brazilian Social Democratic Party), a centrist former governor of the state of São Paulo. Alckmin backs pro-market economic policies and has the support from the business community in Brazil. Even though his party is one of the most powerful and has 40% of total time of TV campaign, he lacks charisma and this can reduces his chances.
A vibrant Q&A session took place followed by a mingling session.
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC
All purchases in the Brazilian public administration shall be subject to a public bid, according to the National Constitution. However, Petrobras and other state companies adopted a new regulatory framework in 2018 (Law 13.303/2016). Our members, Veirano Advogados and Selmer Advokatfirmaet co-hosted a seminar last week in Selmer premises in Oslo to explain the new Petrobras’ bidding rules to BNCC’s members.
One of the partners at the law firm Selmer, Thomas Brandi welcomed the guests and introduced the founder of Veirano Advogados, Ronaldo Veirano, who is a recognized leader in the commercial relations between Brazil and Norway. Veirano has been actively involved in efforts to strengthen business connections between Brazil and other countries. The lawyer mentioned that the current Brazilian government had presented essential parts of legislation to open opportunities for international investments. From such an initiative, flexibilization of Local Content and bidding laws have been putting in practice in the country.
Veirano drew attention to the significant potential of the Brazilian oil and gas sector that according to the lawyer is facing a new boom. “Brazil is the 7th largest consumer and 9th largest producer of oil in the world. We have a potential market, resources, and integration with the power sector. Moreover, Norway has a key role to play in the extraction of the pre-salt reserves”, explained the leader.
Chargé d’Affaires from the Brazilian Embassy and board member of BNCC, Silvana Polich gave an updated overview of Brazil’s attributes, current economic challenges, and political uncertainties. Mrs. Polich mentioned that since 2015, Brazil is implementing an international strategy aiming at reducing bureaucracy for foreign investments. “Although there are political uncertainties and economic challenges, Brazil is a country of opportunities,” concluded.
Two lawyers from Veirano followed the seminar presentations. Firstly Ali El Hage Filho talked about the potential of the Brazilian Oil and Gas sector and investment in the next ten years. Then, Rogerio Campos gave an informative overview of the changes in the law that regulates the bidding of Petrobras. Besides, he explained that this new framework sends a strong message to ethics and compliance with future contracts, what is an excellent opportunity to the Norwegian market.
The subjects presented in the seminar were very enlightening and actively engaged the attendees who had the opportunity to discuss real cases with the experts. In the end, Mr. Veirano gave a brief thank you speech to his team and all presents. Veirano and Selmer are members of BNCC and are available for further orientation on the subject.
You can check the presentation from Veirano Advogados in the link above. If you need further informartion about this subject, you can contact André De Souza Carvalho <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC.