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Olympic Procurement Opportunities

The 2016 Rio Organizing Olympic Committee will pay special attention to sustainable development in their procurement announcements. U.S. firms that are not invested in Brazil may still have a strong incentive to bid on these projects, especially firms that have had experience supplying goods and services to previous Olympics or major sports events and can address Brazil’s sustainable development goals within their bids.

Brazilian Constitution provides that all governmental purchases, at Federal, State and Municipal levels should be contracted through public tenders. This is regulated by the Brazilian Bid Law (Law 8,666/1993). The procurement process for the Olympic Games will be announced in early 2013 on the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee Website http://www.rio2016.org/

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There will be opportunities for U.S. companies to help Brazil improve its infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships at all levels of government. In order to do so, foreign companies must have a Brazilian representative participating in the public tenders.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Committee released a registration site for foreign and domestic suppliers, the “Supplier Portal”: http://portaldesuprimentos.rio2016.com/sustentabilidade/

While the official launch will occur in early 2013, foreign and domestic companies can pre-register their company through this website, currently only available in Portuguese. The Committee expects to launch the English and Spanish version by December 2012.

The U.S. Commercial Service encourages U.S. companies to pre-register to alert the Committee as to their interest in becoming an official supplier. Companies that are pre-registered through the portal will receive information as specific bids are announced.

The majority of requests for proposals will occur between 2014 and 2015. In order to ensure a transparent process, the Supplier Portal will be the only means for foreign and domestic companies to register and receive information about upcoming bid announcements.

U.S. companies can stay informed of the procurement process by registering on the Supplier website or by contacting Patrick Levy @ Patrick.levy@trade.gov