The deficit in water and sewage services in Brazil is a shameful feature of the country, one which largely owes to legal uncertainty and complexity. Brazilian Congress has recently approved a comprehensive and ambitious new legal framework for basic sanitation, which will now take effect
following sanction by President Jair Bolsonaro.

There are reasons to believe that this time progress will be lasting, as discussed in this edition of Brazil Outlook. Guest author Mauricio Luduvice, of MKM Consultoria Ambiental, draws from his experience as former CEO of state sanitation company CAESB to comment on the practical challenges ahead. Marcos Malvar depicts the main elements of the new rules, while Isaac Cattan discusses paths investors may adopt in structuring their ventures so as to benefit from the possibilities the new legal framework opens up.

Finally, Alexandre Faraco and Larissa Machado discuss the hurdles and prospects concerning the much awaited 5G auction

On this issue | July 2020

Brazil’s 5G auction: major issues at hand

Brazil’s 5G auction: major issues at hand

COVID-19 has compounded the complexity of issues around the auction of 5G spectrum to make yet another postponement of Brazil's 5G bid all but inevitable. Thorny key issues are still to be resolved; these include foreign policy tension around...

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Sanitation in Brazil: challenges that remain

Sanitation in Brazil: challenges that remain

Positive changes to the regulatory framework of sanitation services have now been implemented in Brazil. The extent to which they will work in practice will depend on overcoming lasting challenges, such as red tape, projects lacking in quality;...

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Flexibility welcomes foreign investment in the sanitation sector

Flexibility welcomes foreign investment in the sanitation sector

The new water and sewage legislation imposes no barriers to foreign capital. Different investment types are at hand, enabling the attraction of the necessary resources to achieve the goal of universalization of sanitation services.

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Sanitation in Brazil: solid progress at last?

Sanitation in Brazil: solid progress at last?

New legislation on sanitation services may finally bring much-awaited and needed legal certainty and predictability to attract private investors. Clearer contractual conditions, fairer competition with state-owned companies and rules for consortia...

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