Brazil aims to save 21.5 billion dollars in salaries of officials in ten years

The Brazilian government plans to save R $ 70 billion (about US $ 21.5 billion) in civil service salaries over the next decade, the minister said today. Planning, Dyogo Oliveira.

Sao Paulo, Nov. 22 (EFE) .- The Brazilian government intends to save 70 billion reais (about 21.5 billion dollars) in salaries of officials during the next decade, The Minister of Planning, Dyogo Oliveira, informed today.

"The public employee earns 70% more than an equivalent worker in the private market earns," said the minister in meeting of the Brazilian company CCR with national and foreign investors that took place this Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

In this sense, the Executive proposes "to reduce the entrance salary of the civil servants "so that their remuneration begins" within the parameters of the market "and, from there, throughout his career, to progress.

" That would suppose a reduction of 70,000 million reals of expenses in the next ten years ", said Oliveira, while indicating that the Government is immersed in a process to digitize" all services public ".

Since last year, when President Michel Temer took office, the Brazilian government has embarked on an ambitious reform package, including a severe fiscal adjustment, with the objective of balancing public accounts and reversing the recession of the last two years.

Among these measures, applauded by employers and criticized by unions, that They called two general strikes this year, the Congress has already approved a spending ceiling, a labor reform that opens the door to a reduction in labor costs, and a law to outsource the Work.

It also discusses a reform of the pension system, which aims to tighten the conditions for obtaining that benefit, but the corruption scandals that They splashed the president's paralyzed process in Congress, although the Executive trusts to submit the text to a vote even this year.

"We are creating the requirements to create a sustained growth (...) They are hard measures, but necessary to contain public spending, "Oliveira said.

The minister stressed that Brazil" is overcoming a long period of recession "," the deepest in history ", that between 2015 and 2016 caused an accumulated fall of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of more than seven percent, and that now begins" a great cycle of growth ", which should last" between eight and twelve years ".

" It is time to double the bets for Brazil because things are going to turn out, "he told investors, noting that" the challenge "of the economy of the South American country" continues to be the fiscal area ".