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Ciro Gomes, Infrastructure and Energy in Brazil

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Infrastructure and the National Development Project

Infrastructure is basically the foundation that makes our civilization work: roads, bridges, electrical systems, railways, airports, ports, telephone and internet. A well-maintained infrastructure increases the economic efficiency of society and reduces threats from disasters, as well as enabling sustained and integrated economic growth.

This shows that national development must be strongly linked to a logistics and infrastructure project. The improvement in the quality of the infrastructure can considerably reduce costs and waste in production chains and increase the efficiency of the Brazilian economy.

The situation of infrastructure in Brazil

The evolution of the current infrastructure conditions in Brazil needs to happen systemically in four broad areas:

  1. Transport infrastructure and logistics   - After many years of concentrating investments in road transport systems, Brazil has made recent advances in investments in rail and waterway systems, which has lower operating and maintenance costs, as well as hitting our highways and reducing the number of accidents . This prioritization must continue, and policies must be thought intelligently. The continuity of the expansion and maintenance projects of the transportation infrastructure will allow an increase in the competitiveness of national agricultural production and a significant improvement in the quality of our highways.
  2. Energy   - While almost 70% of the planet's electricity is generated from non-renewable and polluting sources, Brazil has more than 65% of its electricity generated from water. This demand tends to widen with increasing population and with the country's economic growth. Studies show that, in 2040, this demand tends to double. It is essential that we rethink the energy future of the country, with solid investments in renewable energy, and if possible with diversification and decentralization of our energy production.
  3. Urban infrastructure   - Bus companies have a very large political force in Brazilian cities, and the lack of control and regulation of these systems has led to the vast majority of saturated urban transport systems. This puts pressure on people who can continually choose the individual and motorized transportation, generating a demand that the infrastructure of most Brazilian cities does not support. In recent years, Brazilian workers have lost more and more time traveling from home to work, which is robbed of their lives and family and added to the daily and unpaid workload. As if it were not enough to be a great humanitarian disgrace, this still diminishes the productivity of our urban economies.
  4. Basic and environmental sanitation   - The Brazilian levels of basic sanitation are still very low compared to developed countries, which causes social disgrace with serious repercussions on health system costs and average worker productivity. Few governments have an interest in investing in sanitation, because of the high costs and low political returns of these investments.

Investing in infrastructure

By itself, infrastructure investment is a development engine even before the work in question is put into operation. In a scenario of the need to resume economic activity, this type of investment becomes even more important. And, given the defended diagnosis, he could concentrate on the maintenance of highways, the continuity of railroad and waterway projects and the solution of logistics bottlenecks. In the energy field, once the cycle of large hydroelectric plants has ended, we have to start a broad policy of decentralization of electric energy production. However, investment in wind power generation, for example, has limited efficiency and is restricted to regions with constant wind.

Completing projects from other energy sources is a necessity as well as reducing the waste of energy from our network. It is also necessary for Brazil to invest in the control of photovoltaic technology in order to make economical use of our enormous solar potential. In large cities, investment in mass transportation systems, which work in partnership with states and municipalities, should be the State's priority. Only these systems can, at the same time, mitigate pollution and reduce the cost and absurd loss of time and productivity caused by saturated traffic. Finally, bringing the basic sanitation indexes in Brazil to the level of the indexes of the most developed countries is a civilizing and humanistic priority of our nation.

Ciro has experience and a sense of priority on the issue of infrastructure

Former minister of National Integration, formulator of the successful project of transposition of the São Francisco River, its consequent revitalization and the creation of the basin committee, former president of Transnordestina, as well as the governor responsible for the construction in record time of the canal of the worker - who saved Ceará from its headquarters - Ciro has been insistently addressing the issue of the demystification of energy generation and the need to reorient state spending on infrastructure. A politician worried about our problems of systemic competitiveness, he is a person who has all the attributes necessary to lead this giant effort that Brazil must do.


Policy of Ciro Gomes

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At 0 years old. And re-elected on 1986.


Governor of Ceará

Won UN award for reducing child mortality.



Mayor of Fortaleza

And was considered best mayor of Brazil.


Minister of Finance of Itamar Franco

Helped in the Real Plan. One of the lowest inflation in history.

The first candidacy for the Presidency

Number of Votes: 7.426.190 - 10,97


Minister of National Integration of Lula

Responsible for the transposition of the São Francisco River.


Secretary of Health of Ceará

He was then Director of Transnordestina S / A.


The second candidacy for the Presidency

Number of Votes: 10.170.882 - 11,97


Deputy Federal Ceará

With the highest proportional votes in the history of Brazil.



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