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How COVID 19 is affecting the power business in Brazil?

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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Brazil: COVID-19 and the power business

Those who follow the work of the parliamentary inquisition regarding COVID-19 in Brazil, clearly note the strategies of the deponents and the inquisitors.

The predilection for details, the evasions of most of the deponents and the speeches of a majority of senators without objectivity.

What calls my attention the most is a finding. There were no questions that I would consider important:

1. What is the Government's strategy to face the pandemic?
2. What operational plan was created to implement the strategy?
3. Who are responsible (activities, deadlines) to make the strategy happen?
4. What are the expected functions of the president of the republic and of the ministers?
5. What was planned vis-à-vis what happened?

In well-structured environments, be it companies, institutions or governments, there are clear objectives, assignment of responsibilities and permanent control between planned vs. executed.

Meanwhile, Brazil has among the worst statistics (per population) of infected, hospitalized and death by COVID-19 when the comparison is with other countries.

And here comes the underlying factor for the power business: the COVID pandemic is showing wide in the open the fragility of the Brazilian leadership, the "navigation" with no direction, the high cost of not having a strategy. The end result is the never ending cost increase of doing business, the high cost of the Brazilian energy and the loss of competitivity.

What needs to happen to a much needed turn around?


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