The minister points the way

Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas has unlocked 23 infrastructure auctions in 100 days. Its “hand in hand” way excites entrepreneurs and injects spirit in the economy

After completing his first month as Infrastructure Minister, the carioca engineer Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas boarded a truck and traveled 1,000 km from BR-163, from Serra do Cachimbo to Santarém, in Pará. One of the main production routes from Mato Grosso to Miritituba Port, the highway has several unpaved sections and, in times of rain, it has seen a sea of ​​mud with trucks stuck in the mud for weeks. During the trip, Tarcisio was closely acquainted with a reality that plagued the agribusiness for decades – and personally coordinated until the rescue of jammed vehicles.

“This is the last year that we will have to deal with withholdings due to the rains of the Amazonian winter,” he told truckers. “This highway was opened by General Geisel and will be completed by captain Jair Bolsonaro.” The promise is to deliver the asphalt still in 2019.

The “foot in the mud” of the minister, who is formed by the Military Institute of Engineering, has called attention. In his mouth, the promise of asphalt BR-163, made so many times by others, now seems doable. At age 43, married and the father of two children, Freitas is recognized for his ability to negotiate, mediate, punctual and discipline, as well as being one of the greatest connoisseurs of Brazilian infrastructure. Among other duties, he was executive director of the National Department of Transport Infrastructure (Dnit).

Even though he is a representative of the military nucleus of the government, he follows the destatist line – and he is in a hurry. By Wednesday 10, it had received 17 of the country’s 27 governors, six ambassadors and an extensive list of deputies, senators, businessmen and bankers. On the agenda, projects and proposals to unlock the country. Whenever possible, reinforces the intention to accelerate partnerships with the private sector. “Our mission is to start a project on the street. And yours, investing, “he said on Friday, 5 during the LIDE Business Forum in Campos do Jordão. At the time, he was sorry to leave the event, such as the harassment of executives present.

The voice of the gentle and firm voice is the one that made the most achievements in the first 100 days of government among all the ministers of Bolsonaro. In this period, 23 auctions went out of the paper. Among them, the sale of six port areas in Pará; the concession auction of 12 airports, with revenues of R $ 4.2 billion and a premium of almost 1,000% (read more on page 32); the signing of eight Private Terminal Access (TUPs) contracts to increase the handling of cargo in ports and two other leases in Santos (SP) and Itaqui (MA), as well as a curtailed auction of the North-South railroad. “Goiás dreamed of the railroad for 30 years. It settled in 90 days. He is a minister who gives us pride “, says the governor of Goiás, Ronaldo Caiado (DEM).

If the current pace of work is maintained, there are chances of taking another historical project out of the role. In January, Freitas signed with the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), the protocol of intentions for the construction of the North section of Ferroanel, which must transport 67 million tons of products per year, replacing more than 2,8 thousand trucks on the roads. The work will be viable with federal investments, the resources of which will be granted by the railway concession of MRS Logística. “Tarcisio is a victory for Brazil,” said Doria. “With him, he has no small talk. If it is yes, it is. If it is not, it is not. It carries the mast and the flag of the privatization. ”

The railroad sector, one of the most disrupted in Brazilian logistics, must be the target of other innovations. One is to allow private investors to pay the grants with investments in the construction of other stretches, instead of directing resources from the National Treasury. The other is to work for the approval of the project that allows the creation of passages by authorization, in which private groups can build when they have interest, without relying on auctions.

This is the case of Ferrogrão, idealized by agribusiness giants willing to invest R $ 12.7 billion between Sinop (MT) and Miritituba (PA), and able to shorten the route in four days. “The ministry has been present in various instances and regions of the country. It identified what was an emergency, such as the operation around the flow of the crop, and has clarity of the importance of planning, project design, dialogue, “says the president of the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industries (Abdib), Venilton Tadini.

With extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, the engineer demonstrates intimacy with the theme also in social networks, in a style of communication aligned with the new government. On December 31, before even assuming the position, he opened profiles in the main networks. Only in Instagram (@tarcisiogdf) has published more than 170 photos documenting meetings, announcements, surveys in works and inaugurations. For the account @tarcisiogdf published more than 500 tweets, most strictly technical messages and regarding his work, without getting into polemics, unlike colleagues on the esplanade.

Its trajectory in the public sector demonstrates affinity with the logistics bottlenecks. From 2011 to 2014, he was director of the National Department of Transportation Infrastructure (Dnit). He also coordinated the transport audit of the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU), integrated the Brazilian mission in Haiti and served as legislative advisor to the Chamber of Deputies for Urban Development and Transportation. His last position was in the government of Michel Temer (MDB) as Secretary of Project Coordination of the Program of Investment Partnerships (PPI). “Their merits are due not only to technical knowledge, but to leadership and decision making,” says Rio Grande do Sul governor Eduardo Leite (PSDB).

PORTO DE SANTOS The capacity to take a decision must solve another impasse of years of Brazilian infrastructure: the dredging problems in the port of Santos. The terminal should be privatized, as well as the other Docks Companies, which operate ports throughout Brazil. The leadership profile has also made the difference in order to curb the process of judicialization that tends to delay the operation of projects. Only in the recent auction of airports, ten actions were barred. “With control agencies, there are only two types of relationships: suspicion or trust. Our relationship is reliable. “That is why I consider the merit of its management to be the 23 auctions, which had been sent by Temer management. “I talk every day with investors and they are crazy about investing in Brazil,” says Freitas. “They are waiting for a gesture, Brazil’s commitment to solvency.” In other words, the approval of the Social Security reform, a subject for other Esplanada colleagues.

 

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