LULA 100 Days

Lula, 100 days

When participating in a breakfast with journalists, on Thursday (6), Lula said that the beginning of his government was like “putting the plane on the runway.” On Monday (10), president Lula of Brazil completed 100 days in office.

President Lula presented, this Monday (10), a balance of his first 100 days of government and a preview of the actions that should mark the next four years. Read below the full speech read during the ceremony held at the Planalto Palace, with the presence of the entire team of ministers.

 

 

Lula’s Speech:

I want to start by quoting a very small sentence, but one that reflects the enormity of the challenge we have met in these first 100 days of government:

Brazil is back .

First of all, Brazil has a government again. A government that mirrors itself in the Brazilian people and wakes up early to work.

Brazil returned to work on what should be the raison d’être of all governments: Taking care of people.

Brazil returned to take care of, above all, the Brazilian men and women who need it most, and who in recent years have been the main victims of the absence of government.

Brazil returned to once again reconcile economic growth with social inclusion. To rebuild what was destroyed and move on.

Brazil returned to be a country without hunger again.

While preparing the ground for infrastructure works that were abandoned or ignored by the previous government, Brazil returned to take care of health, education, science and technology, culture, housing, public safety.

Brazil returned with actions and programs that helped to restore the dignity, citizenship and quality of life of the Brazilian people:

Bolsa Familia. The Food Acquisition Program. The National School Feeding Program. My Home. My Life.

More Doctors. The National Program for Public Security with Citizenship, and many others.

Brazil returned to take care of what was urgent: Brazilian people.

Ministers, my friends,

Brazil once again looks to the future.

Looking to the future means investing in highways, railways, ports, airports, energy generation and transmission, connectivity, pre-salt expansion, solar and wind energy, among other initiatives that will put Brazil back on the path of development.

But it means, first of all, looking at people.

A truly developed country cannot be built on the ruins of hunger, attacks on democracy, disrespect for human rights and income, race and gender inequalities.

We get nowhere by leaving behind the worst half of our population.

Therefore, it was necessary to rebuild the foundations, to pave the road towards the future again. And that’s what we did in these first 100 days of government.

Brazil has taken care of health again, with Mais Médicos renewed and expanded, which goes where the underserved population is, and with the National Immunization Program, to prevent a single Brazilian from getting sick or dying due to lack of vaccine. At the same time, the first stage of joint efforts for surgeries began across the country.

Brazil returned with effective actions to combat violence against women. And it advanced in the fight against gender inequality in the world of work, sending to the National Congress the Law of Equal Pay for Women and Men.

Brazil has returned to take care of its first inhabitants. We created the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, which triggered emergency actions to stop the genocide of the Yanomami, provoked by the previous government.

Brazil returned to make historic reparations to the black people of this country, with the Ministry of Racial Equality, the titling of quilombola lands and the quota for blacks in public service leadership positions.

Brazil returned to take care of its biomes, especially the largest tropical forest on the planet, with the reestablishment of the Amazon Fund and the creation and installation of the Commission for the Prevention and Control of Deforestation.

Brazil once again had an active and proud foreign policy, resuming good relations with all countries in the world.

Brazil returned to dialogue with mayors, governors, deputies, senators. Brazil returned to talks mainly with civil society, through the recreation of the National Food Security Council and the Sustainable Economic and Social Development Council, among other instances of participation.

Brazil once again cultivated harmony and republican coexistence among the Three Powers, whose greatest example was the prompt reaction to the January 8 coup attempt.

The day after the barbarism, the Three Powers marched together – from the Planalto Palace to the Federal Supreme Court, passing through the National Congress – to say NO to fascism.

Brazil once again said YES to democracy.

We have already received a list of priority works from the governments of each state, and the ministries are identifying other structural investments. By the beginning of May, we will announce the definitive list of projects and the mechanisms that will make them quickly get off the ground and generate millions of quality jobs.

We are going to take advantage of the experience we already had with the PAC and the concession programs to improve these mechanisms, making them even more efficient.

We will articulate even more efficiently public and private investments and the financing of official banks, in the same direction: that of development with social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Our strategic investment program in infrastructure will have six axes: Transportation; social infrastructure; digital inclusion and connectivity; urban infrastructure; water for all and energy transition.

The energy transition will be accelerated. We are going to launch public notices for contracting solar and wind energy which, together, will represent a generation capacity equivalent to that of our largest hydroelectric plants. And the auctions for new transmission lines will make the implementation of these clean energy parks even faster and more attractive.

And we won’t miss the opportunity to become a global green hydrogen powerhouse.

Petrobras will finance research into new renewable fuels. At the same time, it will resume its leading role in investments, expanding Transpetro’s fleet of ships and generating jobs in our shipyards.

In  digital inclusion and connectivity , we will bring high-speed Internet to schools and social facilities, such as health centers, improving access by professionals and users to medical records and exams.

In  transport, railroads, highways, waterways and ports will once again be considered in a structuring way. They will reduce the cost of transporting our agricultural production. And they will encourage the flourishing of a new, more technological and cleaner industrial base.

We are going to speed up the construction of railroads, which are essential for the integration of the country and the flow of our agricultural production.

In addition, we are going to consider the concessions of highways and airports that were unbalanced, resuming the planned investments.

On the axis of  water for all,  the São Francisco Integration will resume its pace. We will conclude fundamental works, such as the Agreste Pernambucano pipeline; the Cinturão das Águas do Ceará; the Acauã-Araçagi Canal in Paraíba; and the Oiticica Dam in Rio Grande do Norte.

In  urban infrastructure , we will invest heavily in improving housing and living conditions for people who live in slums, stilt houses and other precarious places. And we are going to put on paper works to prevent disasters caused by floods and landslides.

Minha Casa, Minha Vida will hire 2 million homes.

The New Sanitation Framework, approved last week, removes the constraints that for so long prevented investment in the sector. In ten years, we will practically universalize the supply of treated water and the collection and treatment of sewage, with public and private investments.

The quality of life in cities is not just about houses, sanitation and transport. And that’s exactly why the program also has a specific axis for  social infrastructure , with investments in hospitals, schools, day care centers and culture and sports centers.

In addition to the strategic investment program in infrastructure, in May we will launch the agribusiness Harvest Plan. We want to increase productivity in the field, and create mechanisms that guarantee socio-environmental sustainability.

Brazil will once again become a world reference in sustainability and tackling climate change. And it will meet the goals of reducing carbon emissions and zero deforestation.

Deforestation will be fought in all Brazilian biomes. We will develop the economy of socio-biodiversity, integrating scientific research and traditional knowledge.

The shift to a low-carbon economy will be treated as the country’s development strategy. The transformation of the national productive structure will go through a Green and Digital Reindustrialization.

The fight against climate change will also take place in urban centers. We will encourage and promote actions to reduce carbon emissions in urban mobility and civil construction.

My friends,

I have always said that to govern is to take care of people. And that ensuring that every Brazilian manages to eat three meals a day is my obsession.

Brazil will again leave the Hunger Map with the integration of existing actions and others that will be articulated by the Interministerial Chamber that brings together 24 of our 37 ministries.

The poorest population and the middle class need to be freed from the shackles of debt.

With the Desenrola Program, consumers will be able to renegotiate their debts and clear their names.

We will work so that public banks can guarantee easy credit with adequate terms for micro, small and medium-sized companies and cooperatives, in addition to microcredit for individual entrepreneurs.

Our children and young people will make up for lost time in the pandemic. Together with states and municipalities, we will develop policies to overcome the gap in education, school evasion and dropout. The full-time school, from kindergarten to high school, will gain greater scope. And our students, quality education.

My friends,

It has been 100 days of hard work. We have another 1,360 days to continue rebuilding this country. And we’re already on our way.

We present the new fiscal framework, which brings realistic and safe solutions for the balance of public accounts. Which puts an end to the irrational constraints – and systematically disregarded – of the bankrupt spending ceiling. That guarantees the return of the poor to the budget. And that enables the application of resources in the economic development of the country.

We are working on a tax reform that corrects the historical distortions of a regressive and unfair tax system for Brazilians and federal entities. And it creates a much more dynamic and uncomplicated environment for the business sector.

We have regained the capacity for long-term planning. And this planning will be translated into a large program that brings back the role of the public sector as an inducer of strategic investments in infrastructure.

With a lot of federative dialogue, we are going to resume the stopped works and accelerate those that are at a slow pace, in addition to selecting new strategic investments for the country.

We will expand vacancies in universities. We will resume the National Student Assistance Program, which ensures the permanence of needy students in higher education.

After being frozen for years, Capes and CNPq scholarships were readjusted, benefiting 258,000 doctors, masters and researchers.

We will strengthen the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation, so that universities and research centers produce even more knowledge to leverage national development.

In health, we will resume the Aqui Tem Farmácia Popular, guaranteeing free and cheap medicines for the population.

And we will implement the multidisciplinary specialized medical care network, close to the user who needs consultations, exams and surgeries with less waiting time.

Taking care of people is also ensuring their safety, especially those who suffer most from violence.

We will unite the states, municipalities and organized civil society in a pact to face the massacre of young black people and the periphery.

Policies to combat all forms of violence against women will be expanded through the Programa Mulher Viver Sem Violência and the new units of the Casa da Mulher Brasileira. And we will ensure that there is no impunity for perpetrators.

In partnership with states and municipalities, we will expand policies to guarantee the rights of youth, the elderly, people with disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community.

As we have already done with the Yanomami people, we will continue to protect the rights and territories of indigenous peoples, traditional peoples and communities, quilombolas and African and terreiro communities, ensuring good living and citizenship.

Combating organized crime and criminal factions will be a priority. We will strengthen the investigation areas and the technological intelligence of the police forces. And we will really value security professionals, using programs like Bolsa Formação.

We will continue to fight disinformation in analogue and digital media, making a firm contribution to the debate on the regulation of digital platforms that is taking place in the National Congress.

Access to culture, sports and leisure will be expanded, as will support for cultural entrepreneurs and high-performance athletes.

We will continue to strengthen Brazilian democracy, facing and overcoming the totalitarian threat, hatred, violence, discrimination and exclusion that weigh on our country.

We will further expand the dialogue with the Legislative, the Judiciary, the federal entities and Brazilian society.

Still in this semester, the debates of the Multiannual Participatory Plan will be launched. With activities in 27 states, it will enable society to actively participate in the process of planning actions for the reconstruction of Brazil. And it will contribute a lot to budget transparency.

 

 

My friends,

Each minister present here, together with their teams, deserves all our recognition, for the much they were able to deliver in such a short time.

But the main message I leave here is the following: get ready, because we have to work much harder.

I want to end by quoting another sentence, which reflects our feeling at the end of these first 100 days:

Brazil has a future again. And that’s just the beginning.

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Lula 100 Days, Next Actions to Improve People’s Lives