The Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, said that the project to privatize the Correios will be discussed this week in the Chamber. In a statement on national television and television, the minister said that this is the last opportunity to guarantee the survival of the state-owned company and asked for the support of deputies and senators for the proposal.
“That’s why I ask for support from all deputies and senators who pay attention to the issue, because that’s the only way we will keep this secular company that our Brazilians are so proud of,” he said. “This is the last opportunity to guarantee the survival of Correios.”
The minister said that privatization is fundamental to strengthening the Post and the only way to guarantee the universalization of postal services. “This is a commitment of President Bolsonaro,” he said.
Faria stated that the text sent by the government was modified and improved in the Chamber, the rapporteurship is by Deputy Gil Cutrim (Republicanos-MA). One of the changes is the one that establishes a transition period for the new company and a period of stability for the employees of the state-owned company.
“First, consultants supported the BNDES in a detailed study of what needs to be preserved and improved in the company and in services. Afterwards, in the Chamber, the postal bill was improved, establishing price limits and a social tariff, which will guarantee the services even for people who cannot pay for them”, he said.
The minister also highlighted the “sad history of corruption that harmed the company” in the past. Without citing former presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, he recalled that the Correios was marred by scandals and stated that this has changed in the current administration.
“Who doesn’t remember the Mensalão and Postalis scandals, which caused billions in losses for Brazilians. This reality changed with the government of President Bolsonaro”, he said. “In 2020, Correios had a profit of R$ 1.5 billion, the result of hard work with improvements in management, transparency and stricter rules to fight corruption.”
According to him, despite the profit, the privatization of Correios is necessary because the company’s turnover is lower than the amount of investment it would need to make annually to remain competitive.
“R$ 2.5 billion per year in investments are needed for Correios to remain competitive and to compete in the market with other delivery and logistics companies that already operate in Brazil. These companies have been gaining more and more space because they invest heavily in technology and business intelligence,” he said. “The volume of letters has been reduced day after day, while the demand for orders and investments in technology and logistics only increases.”
The minister said that privatization will guarantee Correios growth and competitiveness, in addition to generating jobs, developing new technologies and providing more efficiency, agility and punctuality to services.
“Only in this way will the Correios be able to maintain the universalization of postal services, which means being present in every corner of the country, from North to South, from East to West, serving all Brazilians, as provided for in the Constitution,” he said. “I’m sure that with privatization, Correios will expand business not only in Brazil, but also abroad.”
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