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 :
83–107
DOI :
10.1787/9789264042940-5-en

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Brazil has set itself the ambitious goal of developing a national power system that can reliably meet growing demand, is environmentally sustainable, and supports social justice. Its current large and modern power sector, centralised regulatory management, and reforms of the last decade that have disaggregated the industry and introduced competition, all combine to give it a solid basis for meeting these objectives.