Basic sanitation: It was 2019

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At a meeting held at Abdib in July 2018, senator Roberto Muniz, who was invited to attend a meeting organized to discuss proposals to attract water and sanitation infrastructure investments, concluded that the institutional model in effect for basic sanitation, prepared in 2007, was not sufficient to accelerate investments designed to improve services. After all, 100 million Brazilian citizens still do not have appropriate sewage collection. He suggested that the country should not insist on this failed strategy.

The modernization of the institutional model and the regulatory framework of basic sanitation was the entrepreneurs’ main flag at the Water Resources and Basic Sanitation Committee. Most of the 12 meetings held in 2018 addressed this topic. In one of them, Martha Seillier (Chief of Staff) indicated guidelines for the changes intended by the federal government, subsequently described in Provisional Measure 844/2018. In a number of instances and interviews, Abdib expressed support to the text of the regulatory reform.

The Provisional Measure was not voted on within the deadline, November 2018, causing frustration. But the purpose remains. Abdib, which participated in all discussions between business and government agents seeking a consensus in order to make the voting possible, helped sector agents and the transition team of the president elect to submit the issue of modernization of basic sanitation regulations for discussion at sessions in the House of Representatives and the Senate.