Brazil’s water reform carries mixed messages

An attempt to fast-track legislative changes in the Brazilian water market has positives and negatives for the private sector. There is still room for manoeuvre before the proposals become law.

The Brazilian government this month unveiled a radical reform of the country’s water sector which, if approved, would allow the private sector to expand rapidly, whilst removing barriers to the privatisation of state water operators.

The law is being introduced via a mechanism known as a ‘medida provisória’, which enables the president to apply legislation even before...

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