Public works at a standstill in Brazil - causes and solutions
In a performance audit carried out by the Federal Court of Accounts - Brazil (TCU), with Minister Vital of Rêgo as rapporteur, more than 30 thousand public works financed with federal resources were analyzed. The audit found that more than 30% of the works were at a standstill or unfinished. This corresponds to almost 20% of the planned investment.
Heat map of the percentages of works at a standstill in each federative entity:
The main reasons cited were hiring based on poor basic project; insufficient return financial resources; and difficulty in managing the resources received.
In response to the audit revelations, in a plenary session, TCU ministers recommended that the Ministry of Economy, together with other ministries that manage resources for public works, take steps to promote greater interaction and sharing of information. In addition, the Court recommended the creation of the General Registry of Public Works, integrating the information bases with a view to ensuring greater transparency and reliability of the information.
The following chart illustrates the main reasons for the paralysis of works:
The final objective is to make the government aware of the resources already committed and to prevent public authorities from continuing to start new ventures without a thorough analysis of its financial capacity.