Once again, the cover story in this week’s issue of Época magazine contains false accusations involving Odebrecht Infrastructure. The following is the company’s full position statement on that article:
Odebrecht Infrastructure (OI) maintains an institutional relationship with former President Lula [Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva] in a transparent manner consistent with the position and importance of his role as a former leader of Brazil. The company has invited the former president to give lectures to businesspersons, investors, political leaders and opinion makers at events aimed to showcase the potential of Brazil and its companies – as well as to encourage the full exercise of democracy and social inclusion allied with economic development, precisely as the presidents and former presidents of other countries such as the United States, France and Spain have done, when promoting companies from their home countries with a view to obtaining a larger share of the global market.
The company also points out that the excerpts of e-mails released by the Federal Police in Paraná are merely a record of the company’s legitimate and natural institutional activities and its participation in debates on strategic projects for the country – in the countries in which it operates, especially as an investor. The company regrets, however, the disclosure and misinterpretations of messages that are not related to the ongoing case in the Federal Court at Paraná.
OI adds that it has never been involved in any projects in Namibia. The Baynes hydroelectric project in that country, which is mentioned in the emails, was not carried out.
OI has never taken part in any project in Equatorial Guinea. It tendered a bid for the Mongomoyen Terminal Airport project, but was not successful. The company did not make donations to or finance the Beija-Flor Samba school during Rio’s carnival in 2015.
In Ghana, OI is a partner in the joint venture that is building the eastern road corridor, which is under the leadership of Andrade Gutierrez. The Ghanaian government has obtained BNDES-EXIM funding for the project, in which the joint venture’s leader acts as the intervening exporter of the goods and services produced in Brazil that are used in the project, in accordance with the rules and regulations for this type of financing.
OI did not tender a bid for the construction of the Moamba Major dam in Mozambique, a project that, as is common knowledge, is being built by Andrade Gutierrez. The company has never had any contact with and has no knowledge of a “Mozambican biofuel company” called MJ3.