More Advice For Brazil's Technocrats

Thank you, Rudi Dornbusch, for the free advice in a four-step program for economic reform in Brazil ("Economic reform: Just do it, Brazil," Economic Viewpoint, Sept. 13). Additionally, the country will not get out of the slump until the technocrats:

-- Cut the red tape and requirements for people to open new small businesses (it takes a minimum of six months).

-- Decrease the bureaucracy inherited from the Portuguese during colonial times.

-- Institute education reform to decrease the perpetually high illiteracy rate of the population.

I regretfully say that the politicians of Brazil historically have never paid heed to sound advice like yours. They are too busy being crooked.

Jos C. Nellis

Sao Paulo

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