After opening his term in the entity that represents the automakers with a speech that emphasized the reindustrialization of the country, the new president of the National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea), Márcio de Lima Leite, said this Monday, 2nd, that did not throw in the towel in relation to the approval, until December, of the tax reform, despite the difficulties of advancing on this front in an election year.
In his first press conference in office, Leite considered that the game of tax reform this year is not lost, noting that the modernization of the system in which Brazil collects taxes has been one of the main dialogues between the productive sector entities and the government. .
“We need to take the first step in tax reform for Brazil to become competitive. We believe in tax reform, and with the sense of urgency that is necessary”, reinforced the representative of the vehicle industry.
Citing the disorganization of global production chains, the consequence of which is factory shutdowns due to lack of parts, especially electronic components, Leite considered that the moment requires attention for the resumption of investments in industrialization and development of suppliers in the country. “Brazil cannot export only to Latin America,” said Leite.
He added that the technological transition, with the rise of electric propulsion systems, poses a challenge for the industry, but the ways for Brazil not to be left behind in the race of new technologies have been discussed with the federal and state governments. “The challenge is that the investments accompany the new technological routes. We cannot create a mismatch of suppliers with what is being done in the world”, he pointed out.
The new president of Anfavea will have his first meeting with the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, on Tuesday, after taking command of the association that represents vehicle manufacturers on Monday. During a press conference, Leite informed that he will be accompanied by presidents of automakers to discuss, among other matters, the results and trends of the cut in the Tax on Industrialized Products (IPI), announced at the end of February.
The additional tax cut, announced last week, excluded the vehicle categories with the highest volumes from the market.
Although he raised the industry flag for the zeroing of the IPI, Leite avoided criticizing the government. He preferred to point out that the Planalto signals have been in the sense of a linear cut of the tribute.
The new president of Anfavea estimated this Monday at more than 100,000 vehicles the volume of car production lost this year due to lack of components. At the press conference, he recalled that, in 2021, automakers had already stopped assembling 350,000 vehicles due to the shortage of parts, with electronic components being the main item missing from assembly lines.
“This disorganization of the global production chain requires new thinking for the industry. We are attentive and have discussed with federal and state governments”, declared Leite.
When talking about the October elections, the new president of Anfavea noted that the entity is non-partisan and will not support a specific candidate.
He made it clear, however, that the association will participate in the dialogue with the candidates to make their contributions to the agendas that aim at a more competitive country.