Brazil Announce New SECAP Boss But Remain Silent On Betting Prospects

The government of Brazil has announced the appointment of Nelson Leitão Paes as the ‘acting secretary-general’ of SECAP, the body leading the development of Brazilian public policies for the food, electricity and lottery sectors.

The appointment follows the sudden resignation of former incumbent Alexander Manoel, who in January resigned from SECAP leadership after deciding not to work for the government any longer.

The nomination of Leitão Paes has been approved by the Ministry of Finance of Brazil, thus enabling the transition to SECAP as temporary chief of its senior civil servant for trade-union relations.

Previously, Brazil’s PSL government had told SECAP stakeholders that April will see a overhaul of the organisation to help agriculture, energy, and lottery industries handle global COVID-19 disruptions.

Confirming Leitão Paes as Interim Secretary-General, SECAP has made no formal comment on the progress of creating a system for federal sports betting for Brazil – a core priority of its 2020 policy agenda.

The last official update of SECAP on sports betting prosecutions was released in February when the agency published its third consultation seeking input from stakeholders on federal concession models (fixed licencing vs open frameworking).

Following concerns from Brazil’s National Treasury about the lack of federal oversight regulating key business disciplines, the policy agency was forced to relaunch a consultation on licencing models.

The National Treasury claimed in its complaints that the drafted policies of SECAP had not indicated how the government would treat key requirements attached to the supervision of incumbents, the issuance of sanctions and the collection of tax duties.