Webinar discusses basic sanitation’s situation and prospects in Brazil

This subject has been on the Brazilian government’s agenda this year, as it has implemented the new Basic Sanitation Legal Framework, aimed at rationalizing regulations and encouraging the provision of services.

Basic sanitation is an infrastructure sector that has an impact on sustainable development and the fight against inequality. In this context, there are challenges ahead that will be debated by Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Brazilian Institute of Economics (FGV IBRE) and the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of Water Resources (INTERÁGUAS), on October 14, at 6 pm, in a webinar called “Brazilian Sanitation Diagnosis and Prospects.”

This subject has been on the Brazilian government’s agenda this year, as it has implemented the new Basic Sanitation Legal Framework, aimed at rationalizing regulations and encouraging the provision of services in a regionalized manner, establishing free competition between operators. According to estimates by specialists, for every R$1.00 spent in the sector, another R$2.80 is generated through job creation, growth in property values, tourism development and increased productivity. Basic sanitation also helps reduce the need for health spending to treat diseases caused by a lack of water and sewage treatment.

Because of the new legal framework, investment in the sector is expected to grow in the coming years. If the rules had not been modernized, the country would have taken an estimated 40 years to achieve universal access to water and sewage services.

The online meeting will feature José Antônio Chaves, the chairman of INTERÁGUAS, and Luciane Machado, who is responsible for modeling projects to provide universal access to water and sewage services at the national development bank, BNDES. The moderator will be Solange Monteiro, a journalist and the editor of FGV IBRE’s Brazilian Economy Magazine and blog.

During the event, data extracted from FGV Datasan – a recently launched tool that provides access to up-to-date indicators, historical data series and comparative data about the sector, aimed at managers and other people interested in the topic – will also be exhibited and analyzed.

To take part in the event, please sign up here.

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