Gustavo Canuto

Gustavo Henrique Rigodanzo Canuto (4 July 1978) is a Brazilian engineer and politician, former Minister of Regional Development.

Gustavo Canuto
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Minister of Regional Development
In office
1 January 2019 – 6 February 2020
PresidentJair Bolsonaro
Preceded byPádua Andrade (as Minister of National Integration)
Alexandre Baldy (as Minister of Cities)
Succeeded byRogério Marinho
Personal details
Gustavo Henrique Rigodanzo Canuto

(1978-07-04) 4 July 1978 (age 43)
Paranavaí, Paraná, Brazil
Alma materUniversity of Campinas (B.E.)
Brasília University Center (LL.B.)


Born in the state of Paraná, in the city of Paranavaí, son of Sebastião and Anizia Canuto,[1] Canuto is graduated in Computer Engineering at University of Campinas (Unicamp) and in Laws at Brasilia University Center (UniCEUB). The minister is also a government employee as Specialist in Public Politics and Government Management. Between 2015 and 2017, he was Chief of Staff of the Minister of National Integration.[2] Besides that, he also worked at Secretariats of Civil Aviation and General Secretariat of the Presidency, besides Civil Aviation National Agency.[3] Appointed on 28 November 2018 by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro,[4] Gustavo Canuto took office as Minister of Regional Development after the president was sworn in.


Heading the Ministry of Regional Development, administrating a budget between R$ 6 and 8 billion (between US$ 1,642,126,005.8 and US$ 2,189,501,341.07),[5] Canuto pronounced support the union of the Ministries of National Integration and Cities. The minister, who is not member of any party, had assumed a technical and dialogical position in the leading of questions about the Ministry.[6] Besides being less known, the politician had worked, specially, with Governors and Mayors of the Northeast region, aiming the structural and urban development of the locations, as well as the reduction of regional inequality.[7]

After the first months of Bolsonaro administration, it was announced in the beginning of May the return of the two Ministries fused that originated the Ministry of Regional Development, due to the overload of the demands over the Ministry and the partisan pressure over the government.[8][9] With that, Gustavo Canuto had his name confirmed for the Ministry of National Integration, facing internal resistance due to the expectative of the Congress about the appointing of a new leader for the Ministry by the Federal Senate.[10] The measure of dismembering was put as an act of building of the parliamentary base of the President, aiming the support for the administrative and social security reforms.[11] After days of negotiation, the current Ministry was kept due to the approval of Provisional Measure 870/2019 by the Senate and the sanction of Bolsonaro.[12]


  1. ^ "Natural de Paranavaí, Gustavo Canuto vai compor governo de Jair Bolsonaro" (in Portuguese). Diário do Nordeste. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ Ferrari, Hamilton; Valença, Lucas (28 November 2018). "Gustavo Henrique Canuto será ministro do Desenvolvimento Regional" (in Portuguese). Correio Braziliense. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ Mazui, Guilherme (28 November 2018). "Desenvolvimento Regional terá servidor Gustavo Canuto como ministro, anuncia Bolsonaro" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ Caleiro, João Pedro (28 November 2018). "Gustavo Canuto chefiará novo ministério do Desenvolvimento Regional" (in Portuguese). Exame. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  5. ^ Amaral, Luciana (28 November 2018). "Bolsonaro indica Gustavo Canuto para Ministério de Desenvolvimento Regional" (in Portuguese). Uol. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ Cesarotti, Fernando (19 March 2019). "Gustavo Canuto: um ilustre desconhecido tenta deixa o Brasil menos desigual" (in Portuguese). Vice. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ Melo, Jamildo (24 May 2019). "Gustavo Canuto diz que Bolsonaro 'pensa além do mandato', com projeto para o Nordeste" (in Portuguese). NE10. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ Camarotti, Gerson (7 May 2019). "Para garantir Coaf na Justiça, parlamentares cobram ampliação do número de ministérios" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ Brito, Ricardo; Marcello, Maria Carolina (7 May 2019). "Bolsonaro cede e aceita recriar ministérios das Cidades e Integração" (in Portuguese). Reuters. Archived from the original on 7 May 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Líder diz que governo decidiu dividir Desenvolvimento Regional em dois ministérios" (in Portuguese). G1. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  11. ^ Di Cunto, Raphael (8 May 2019). "Líder do PSL diz que dividir ministério em dois ajuda a construir base" (in Portuguese). Valor Econômico. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  12. ^ Borges Delfim, Rodrigo (22 May 2019). "Entenda o que é a travada e polêmica MP da reforma administrativa de Bolsonaro" (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Regional Development
Succeeded by
Rogério Marinho
Preceded by