Closing Out a Successful and Impactful 2021, Brazil Looks Forward to Increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) This Year Across Real Estate, Infrastructure, Stone and Startup Sectors, Among Others.
BRASILIA, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of Brazil’s strong investment performance in 2021, Apex-Brasil has projected an even more significant increase in 2022 due to the country’s robust foreign investment attraction and trade promotion efforts. In the coming year, foreign investors will have the opportunity to bid in 139 Brazilian auctions – a 144% increase from the 57 public auctions held in 2021 – in sectors such as transportation, mining, energy and more. According to the projections of the federal government and Apex-Brasil, Brazil’s 2022 portfolio of auctions and concessions will be the largest from any one country in the world, generating an estimated USD $74.4 billion.
Foreign investors will also face a favorable business environment in Brazil in 2022 and beyond. To ensure this, the Brazilian government has introduced a number of reforms, which, in 2021 alone, helped decrease the cost of doing business in Brazil by USD $77.3 billion. Some of the most successful reforms include: the Sanitation Law, which ended restrictions on private sector investments for sanitary projects; Integrated Urban Licensing, which has significantly cut time and costs associated with obtaining a work permit in Brazil; and the New Highway Concession Design, which has introduced an improved risk sharing and incentives framework for new highway development. Upcoming reforms planned in 2022 include the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law, Cabotage Law, and Electricity Law – all of which are planned to continue opening opportunities and easing cross-border investing in Brazil.
Over the past year, Apex-Brasil continued to support the work of the Brazilian government and the public sector to enhance the business environment in the country and ready the regulatory framework for foreign investors. Complementary to the Brazilian government’s efforts around exports and trade reforms, Apex-Brasil has implemented initiatives to support foreign investors looking to do business in Brazil. For example, Apex-Brasil launched the Brasil Business Match, an online platform that connects international buyers and Brazilian companies. In total, Apex-Brasil facilitated 35 projects in 2021, with an estimated investment return of USD $2.33 billion. To learn more about Apex-Brasil, visit: http://www.apexbrasil.com.br/en/home.
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency’s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad. Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil. Apex-Brasil is an agency linked to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry (Itamaraty).