100 days of the new administration on the agenda: event discusses Social Security reform and liberal agenda

The event is open to the public and will be held on April 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the FGV Culture Center, in Rio de Janeiro.
Economics
28 March 2019
100 days of the new administration on the agenda: event discusses Social Security reform and liberal agenda

The Social Security reform, the liberal agenda and articulation with Congress are some of the topics under discussion at the start of the new government. Many actions have been announced in these 100 days of the Bolsonaro administration – measures and projects whose content and impacts for the Brazilian economy and for citizens should be the focus of the discussions at the seminar to be held by FGV’s Brazilian Institute of Economics (IBRE) and the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo. The event is open to the public and will be held on April 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the FGV Culture Center, in Rio de Janeiro.

In the morning, researchers and experts from IBRE, as well as guests and journalists from O Estado de S. Paulo, will discuss the fiscal adjustment agenda, in particular the Social Security reform and the broad agenda of liberal reforms led by Minister of the Economy Paulo Guedes – including privatizations, reduction of the operation of public banks, and improvement in the business environment through de-bureaucratization, among other points.

“When the administration started, as with any new administration, we knew very little about who would be on the teams and what the priorities would be. One hundred days later, we know a lot more and are able to update our assessments and expectations about the government: what to expect from the team, what the proposals are, the status of the political articulation, what the profile and details of the liberal agenda are, etc. In particular, we are aware what the proposal for the Social Security reform that the government is seeking to approve, in addition to knowing that the budget divestment, is also a priority,” said Armando Castelar, coordinator of the area of ​​Applied Economics of IBRE and one of the speakers at the meeting.

According to the expert, it is important for the government to prioritize the Social Security reform and leave the other issues on the agenda for a later moment. “As regards Social Security, speed and focus are very important. If we start to discuss other issues, such as budget divestment, it will eventually occupy a space in the public debate and in the attention of the Congress that could be busy to debate Social Security. I believe that it is an interesting measure, but from a strategic standpoint, in which the reform is being approved, the moment is not the best,” noted Castelar.

The seminar on the 100 days of the Bolsonaro administration is aimed at economists, professionals, and students, being also open to the public interested in the subject. Registrations are free and can be made on the website.