OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: Brazil 2008
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OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: Brazil 2008

Strengthening Governance for Growth

The debate on a market-based economy has now entered a new phase in Brazil, addressing the broader context of quality regulation and the reduction of regulatory risk. The improved macroeconomic situation and the progress made by the sectoral regulatory agencies have paid off, and there is also wider social participation in the improvement of the regulatory framework with a stronger consumer engagement. But Brazil still needs to further improve its capacities for regulatory quality and increase transparency and accountability in the system to reinforce regulatory performance.

This review analyses the challenges of strengthening regulatory governance in Brazil to improve economic growth, with appropriate regulatory frameworks for core infrastructure sectors. Improved institutional capacities would also enhance support for regulatory policy across various government areas. Setting up an appropriate architecture for sectoral regulatory agencies and balancing autonomy with accountability will contribute to improved governance. Challenges include consolidating the autonomy and status of Brazilian regulatory authorities, reinforcing the strategic organisation for planning and decision making, increasing social accountability mechanisms, and improving co-ordination with competition authorities. Regulatory reform will help Brazil boost growth opportunities, and improve the quality and value of core services provided to its citizens.

Brazil requested this broad review by the OECD of its regulatory practices and reforms. The review presents a general picture of the overall frameworks to assure high quality regulation with a special focus on four core infrastructure sectors: power, private health insurance, land transport and telecommunications. 

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Publication Date :
29 May 2008
DOI :
10.1787/9789264042940-en
 
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OECD
Pages :
161–205
DOI :
10.1787/9789264042940-8-en

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Transport is a key means by which public investment can contribute to overall economic growth. Infrastructure services, including roads and railroads, are critical to the operation and efficiency of a modern economy. Major inputs in the provision of goods and services, they have a significant impact on the productivity and competitiveness of the economy. This is why adequate investment and increased efficiency in this sector are crucial to improving the living conditions of the population at large, particularly in a middle-income and geographically vast country such as Brazil. A potential lack of longterm investment in this sector could have negative implications. Indeed, this sector is part of the main objectives of the Brazilian Growth Acceleration Programme – PAC.