Brazil’S 24-Year Struggle With Transportation Infrastructure Investment

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) investment in Brazil's transportation infrastructure has dropped 16.42% as a share of nominal GDP from 2001 to 2023.

A Logística Brasil stud reveals that for 24 years, investments have lagged below necessary levels. Brazil, across five presidencies, failed to allocate even 1% of its GDP to this crucial sector.

In 2023, the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industries (Abdib indicated that Brazil needs to invest 2.26% of GDP to cover public transport asset depreciation.

Persistent underfunding over a quarter century has deteriorated the country's infrastructure quality.

Transportation infrastructure investments are crucial for reducing logistical costs and the "Custo Brasil." From 2001 to 2023, investment fell by 16.42% relative to nominal GDP.

Economist Riley Rodrigues de Oliveira emphasizes that economic performance directly links to transportation infrastructure quality.

Improved infrastructure lowers costs for raw materials and product distribution, enhancing competitiveness by reducing production and transport expenses.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's second term saw the highest GDP proportion invested in transportation infrastructure.

However, subsequent administrations failed to maintain these investment levels, leading to financial constraints by the end of the Workers' Party governments.

During former President Jair Bolsonaro's administration, infrastructure investments rose but remained insufficient.

The COVID-19 pandemic further strained resources, keeping investments just above 0.5% of GDP.

Since 2013, factors including high fiscal deficits, corruption scandals, market volatility, and investor insecurity decreased infrastructure investment to 0.47% of GDP from 2014 to 2023.
Brazil's 24-Year Struggle with Transportation Infrastructure Investment
Over the past 24 years, public investments averaged 0.30% of nominal GDP. The peak was in 2010, with the government investing 0.55% of GDP in transportation.

Private sector investments averaged 0.29% of GDP, peaking at 0.43% in 2005. From 2012 to 2021, the private sector led investments, averaging 0.26% of GDP.

Recently, the federal government resumed leading, investing 0.33% of GDP compared to the private sector's 0.24%.

The Logística Brasil study suggests expanding concessions and public-private partnerships, integrated with regulatory bodies to ensure timely project completion.

Oliveira recommends shifting focus from large projects to smaller, quickly executable ventures benefiting the entire economic chain.


The Rio Times

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