Brazil scheme eases fears

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With a number of major event specialists increasingly cautious of international contracts following a range of issues with organisers of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the recent launch of the 'Clean Games In & Out Of The Stadium' anti–corruption scheme covering the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympics should ease some concerns.

Announced at the end of 2010 and officially launched in March 2011, the scheme is the brainchild of the Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility together with the United Nations Global Compact and aims to monitor all public spending on the events and uncover irregularities, while also allowing the public to accompany the project through a website (www. jogoslimpos. org. br), which will begin reporting in the coming weeks. Brazilian unions, a number of non government organisations and the country's federal supervisory body, the CGU, also contributed to the project, which will be overseen by a national committee and five regional arms (incorporating 2014 Cup host cities Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Brasilia). Together with a similar, federal government–driven project called Playing Clean, launched mid–2010, plus a range of other transparency portals and government programs covering the works, there is certainly a comprehensive range of programmes in place attempting to keep the preparations free of corruption. Meanwhile, in separate news, the Rio state government has announced that it will hand over administration of the famed Maracaná stadium to a private operator once ongoing renovations are completed. Governor SÉrgio Cabral stated in early May 2011 that the process to appoint the new administrator will begin in the second half of 2011, commenting that it is no longer possible for the state to run the facility and a professional, private group is required. Cabral added that once refurbishments to the stadium and the smaller Maracanazinho facility are ready in December 2012 they will be very interesting prospects for the private sector. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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