RIO DE JANEIRO, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Brazil has eased safety and sanitary regulations for the workplace as a way to reduce bureaucracy and production cost in the country, authorities announced on Tuesday.
The new sanitary and safety regulations, signed into law by President Jair Bolsonaro earlier on Tuesday, will help the government save at least 68 billion reals (17 billion U.S. dollars) over the next decade, according to the country's Economy Ministry.
"The Brazil we want is simplified and less bureaucratic," said the president's chief of staff Onyx Lorenzoni. "Our goal for the second half of the year is to generate more and more jobs."
"Work relations in Brazil are obsolete and represent weapons of mass destruction of jobs," said Economy Minister Paulo Guedes. "Today we have 30 to 40 million Brazilians unemployed, working informally or who gave up job seeking."
According to Guedes, the government is "untying the economy" by modernizing work relations and carrying out social security reforms, which are currently in the process of approval in the Congress.