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Future minister: Pension reform should be voted on this year

Discussions could go on in 2019 and include the capitalization system

Published in 06/11/2018 - 18:25

By Kelly Oliveira, Wellton Máximo Brasília

Brazil’s future Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said Congress should vote on a “section of the current text” on the overhaul in the country’s pension system, already approved by a special lower house commission.

Guedes also argued for the discussion next year of his proposal for a new system—known as capitalization, in which the funds for Brazilians’ pension originate from the amount spared by the retiree themselves over the course of their lives, rather than coming from the sum paid by workers in the present. “It would be positive both for the outgoing government and for the government to come,” he stated.

O economista Paulo Guedes, que comanda o núcleo econômico da campanha do candidato do PSL à Presidência da República, Jair Bolsonaro, fala à imprensa.
Economist Paulo Guedes - Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

On Monday (Nov. 5), President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro advocated the approval of at least the minimum retirement age—61 years old for men, 56 for women—this year. The piece of legislation currently being considered in the lower house has 65 and 64 as the minimum age for men and women, respectively.

When questioned about how viable it was for the overhaul to be approved still in 2018, Paulo Guedes said he believes that “politics will be conducted with a new center-right base.” The votes [in Congress] will no longer be individual and based on favor trading, and will rather follow the guidelines of each party,” he declared. 

In addition to the pension system, the economist went on to report, as soon as the new administration begins, the government intends to deal with bureaucracy reduction, tax simplification, and privatization—matters that also require deliberation in the Legislative branch. Guedes met Tuesday (6) with current Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia, whom he is expected to succeed.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira Edition: Nádia Franco / Mariana Branco

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