Tourism gains priority in the investment program of the Brazilian government
A presidential decree defines the carrying out of studies by public organizations to foresee the implantation of new private companies in the country
The decree published in the Official Gazette yesterday describes the policy of attracting private investment to the tourism sector within the scope of the Investment Association Program of the Presidency of the Republic (PPI). Signed by President Jair Bolsonaro and the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, the text foresees the preparation of studies aimed at the implementation of new private companies and the tourist use of the country's cultural and natural assets.
The planning will be in charge of an Inter-ministerial Committee, coordinated by the Special Secretariat PPI of the Ministry of Economy and that will have representatives of the Civil House, the Secretariat of Government and the Ministries of Tourism and Environment, in addition to the National Bank of Economic Development . and Social (BNDES) and the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN). The objective is to define regulatory alternatives that guarantee legal certainty and promote business in the sector.
Tourism Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio welcomes the decision and notes that the measure will contribute to the resumption of the sector after the new coronavirus pandemic. "This is further proof of President Bolsonaro's commitment to the proper use of our potentials. The attractions of the country have already aroused the interest of several investors, and with measures that facilitate the implementation of companies, we will continue to have a strong vector of development in tourism with the generation of jobs and income, ”he said.
The Interministerial Committee will meet every two weeks, in an ordinary way, and whenever the coordination of the group requests it, in an extraordinary way. The term for the completion of the work will be 180 days, counted from the date of contracting the studies, and extendable for an equal period. PPI seeks to expand and strengthen the interaction between the State and the private sector, by signing association contracts and other privatization measures, such as the concession of airports, ports and highways, among others.
The National Tourism Plan (PNT) 2018-2022 already includes actions aimed at improving the business environment and stimulating the attraction of investments, with the appreciation of the country's cultural and natural heritage. In addition, a joint ordinance of the Ministries of Economy and Tourism, published in April 2019, establishes the shared management of areas of the Union for tourism purposes. The objective is to guarantee the use of spaces and the search for investments, in order to increase the flow of visitors.
The Ministry of Tourism has already taken measures to encourage the sector to return to normal after the end of the restrictions generated by the new coronavirus. One of them is the "Protected Tourist" seal, the first stage of a program that will establish health security protocols and good practices for each branch of the sector. The initiative will recognize activities that ensure compliance with hygiene and cleanliness standards for the prevention of Covid-19. The agency is also planning a broad national campaign to promote the country's attractions and destinations, in order to encourage Brazilians to prioritize national travel.