BRASILIA Dec 20 Brazil's President Dilma
Rousseff will announce new private investment opportunities in
airports on Thursday as the country races to unclog
transportation bottlenecks before it hosts the 2014 soccer World
Cup, her office said.
The overhaul of international airports is also part of
Rousseff's push to address the many infrastructure woes choking
growth in Latin America's biggest economy.
In February, the government awarded contracts to upgrade two
airports in Sao Paulo state and the main airport in Brasilia for
24.5 billion reais ($11.8 billion). Since then Brazil has
invited some $90 billion in private investment to modernize its
roads, railways and seaports.
Rousseff is courting private capital just as some investors
have begun to grow wary of her government's r ole in the economy.
A senior analyst for Fitch Ratings warned in September that
Brazil's aggressive negotiation of energy rate cuts could spook
foreign investors, for example, sapping appetite for concessions
in other sectors.
($1 = 2.08 Brazilian reais)
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer Editing by W Simon)