March 2023 PM Update from São Paulo


The main challenges of the new government:

Environment, Infrastructure, Housing,

Health, Industry and Commerce


By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil

Necessary programs and projects: the challenges of the new government in Brazil

After the most difficult dispute in the history of presidential elections in the country after its redemocratization in 1989, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president for the third time.

Unlike previous mandates, Lula found a country divided with political positions relation. Although Lula was elected by popular vote in the October 2022 election, the new government does not have a majority in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. This makes it difficult to approve important projects and programs for the country.

The main challenges of the new government

In addition to the main challenge, which is the resumption of the economic growth at the levels of Lula’s previous administrations, many programs and projects are on the agenda in the infrastructure, housing, environment, health, industry and commerce areas as a priority.


One of the most deficient areas in the previous government was the environment. The increase in deforestation, especially in the Amazon, has reached alarming rates. Through programs, projects and changes in current environmental policies.

The members participation of the new government, including President Lula, in the COP27 held in Egypt in November 2022 demonstrates the interest in environmental issues.

Photo: The Amazon biome is the largest in Brazil and considered the area with the greatest biodiversity on the planet

Among other actions, the important Amazon Fund resumption, which is a fund that adds up to US$ 600 million in international donations to combat environmental crime in the Amazon.

The objective is that in the next three months there will be a sudden reduction in the levels deforestation.


In the ​​infrastructure area, the resumption of the PAC (Growth Acceleration Program) is expected. The PAC was the program, in Lula’s two previous administrations, that coordinated infrastructure works throughout the country.

The concern is that the poor performance in the first two periods of the PAC will not be repeated, when only 16.8% of the 29,000 announced works were completed on time (survey carried out in 2016 by Inter.B Consultoria).

There will be a new configuration for the PAC through dialogue with the governors in order to define priority works.


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How to cite this work: Lopes, M. (2023). Project Management Report from São Paulo, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/pmwj127-Mar2023-Lopes-brazil-regional-report.pdf

About the Author

Maurício Lopes

São Paulo, Brazil


Maurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999. Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area.

Currently, he is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, a magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways. Mauricio is an International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Brazil.

Mauricio can be contacted at mauricio.lopes@M2L.com.br.