Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has named a top aide in the nation’s privatization and concessions program to be the next Infrastructure Minister. Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas will take on the new role as of January 1, charged with “modernizing the nation’s transportation logistics,” Bolsonaro said in a statement. Freitas currently serves as a top aide in the government’s Public Private Partnerships Program (PPI), responsible for privatization of government-run companies and sale of concessions for infrastructure projects. An Army engineer, he previously served as head of the federal government’s highway department (DNIT). In 2007, he advised a special United Nations Mission to Haiti on road construction and maintenance.
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