On April 4, Council of the Americas hosted a conversation with Brazil's Ports Minister Antônio Henrique Pinheiro. He spoke about the country’s port reforms and talked about the need to address bottlenecks, especially in relation to transportation. Pinheiro also discussed the main features of the country’s new regulatory framework which offers opportunities for concessions and private terminals, as well as a national dredging program.
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- Download Pinheiro's presentations on port modernization and the National Dredging Program.
The new framework was approved in June 2013, and is intended to enhance port efficiency, reduce transaction costs, and attract private investment in the ports sector. The authorization of private terminals will be resumed under the new law, which also updated the criteria for public bids and lease agreements of public terminals.