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Government wants to double freight transported by brazilian railways

Aug, 09, 2019 Posted by Sylvia Schandert

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The government intends to nearly double the percentage of freight carried by trains over the next eight years. The information comes from the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Freitas. “With what we have planned, we take the participation of rail transport from 15% to 29% in eight years,” he said during a lecture held on Thursday (08/08) in São Paulo.

He said creative solutions are being sought to address resource shortages and get projects off the ground. “We will make assets without relying on budget,” he said.

As an example, Freitas said that part of the Ferrovia de Integração do Centro-Oeste (FICO), which is expected to dispose of the region’s grain production, should be built by mining company Vale in return for the renewal of the Vitória-Minas Railroad concession contract. “That grant that you were going to pay to the Treasury, you will build a railroad, you will give me the completed asset,” emphasized Freitas about the deal.

Source: Agência Brasil

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