The 9th edition of the CBR&C and BRASVIAS to be held in 2015 in Brazil’s capital city will be an important milestone in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian Highway Concession Program. The investments during this period and the positive results concessionaire operations have been fundamental for expanding the federal program, with the tenders held in 2013 within the scope of the Investment and Logistics Program (PIL), as well as for new concessions, both federal and state, some of which via Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) whose structuring is in the final stages, such as the Tamoios highway concession in São Paulo, and the PR 323 highway in the State of Paraná. By extending highway concessions to the private sector Brazil is continues to create positive expectations about the ability of the companies to offer users quality services and to contribute to effectively improving the country’s highway infrastructure.
The ABCR currently has 58 associate members active in 12 Brazilian states: Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and São Paulo. These companies have already invested R$ 39,3 billion, since the program began until March 2014, having channeled R$ 34,4 billion to their operations on these stretches and being responsible for managing 16,344 kilometers of highways, or approximately 8% of Brazil’s paved highway network. The expected investment for the next five years, taking into account 56 concessionaires (53 associates plus 3 concessions already out to tender), is R$ 55 billion.
By staging the CBR&C and BRASVIAS, the most important event organized by the private sector to discuss topics of interest concerning Brazil’s highway infrastructure, the ABCR is contributing to the on-going strengthening and institutional, operational and technological enhancement of the industry. In 2013, the 8th edition produced a record 1,763 participants, including those registered for the congress and visitors, maintaining the excellent technical level of the presentations and the high quality of the stands at the exhibition.
In 2015 we hope to host in Brasilia 1,200 congress participants and 1,500 visitors to the exhibition at the modern facilities of the Brazil International Convention Center - CICB. The official launch of the event on September 11, 2014 in São Paulo marks the beginning of an extensive campaign to divulge and structure the congress and the exhibition.
I invite all those in any way involved with the highway industry, whether in the public or private sector, to take part in the 9th edition of the CBR&C and BRASVIAS, so that together we can find solutions that provide Brazil with a high-quality highway system, in addition to overcoming the problems currently afflicting Brazil’s logistics infrastructure. The choice of Brasilia to host the event could therefore not be more appropriate, since the city is home to the entities and authorities with the political and administrative competence to take the future steps that all those operating in the highway infrastructure sector expect in order to guarantee the sustained expansion of the sector.
Ricardo Pinto Pinheiro
Executive President of the ABCR