Funding and Financing Capital-Intensive Local Infrastructure in Brazil: Financialisation, Managing Risk and Local Economic Development

UG07 Murray Learning Centre
Wednesday 31 October 2018 (12:00-13:30)

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The Institute for Global Innovation

There is a disconnect between financialisation and infrastructure in developing and emerging economies (DEEs). In this seminar Professor Bryson explores this disconnect through a critical reading of the debate on financialisation and its application to infrastructure investment in Brazil. Brazil is one of the largest DEE economies and has a major infrastructure gap. It has been estimated, that bridging this gap requires R$1.1 trillion, the equivalent of one-fourth of Brazil’s 2012 GDP. 

In 2014, the Brazilian government announced planned infrastructure investment, through a mix of government and private funding, of R$500 billion over the next decade. Up to 80% of project costs will come from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) at subsidised rates; BNDES is partly funded by a payroll tax. This will place significant pressure on this bank’s balance sheet. To overcome this, the government wants to persuade the private sector to invest in infrastructure operations. Professor Bryson will explore the ways in which the Brazilian government is trying to financialise infrastructure assets.

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Session Leads:  Professor John Bryson

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