The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has selected administrative reform as its next congressional priority, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said Thursday. Guedes said the government will send Congress a proposal to alter civil service rules “within the next week or two.” Guedes made the comments at a business conference in São Paulo. He said the administration will send two other proposals to Congress, one on fiscal reform and the other overhauling the tax system, later in the year. Congress is due to reconvene next week. Guedes said administrative reform was “the simplest (of the reforms) and the easiest to pass in Congress.” The reform will create new rules allowing Cabinet ministers to shift civil servant functions, evaluate performance and fire workers with greater facility. Guedes said the aim was to improve civil service efficiency and cut costs.
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