Pedefor back on the agenda

May 31, 2019

After progress in the Transfer of Rights agreement, the government retakes the program to stimulate the production chain of the oil and gas sector

The ANP and the Ministry of Economy will soon start debates to try to restart Pedefor (Program to Encourage Productive Chain Competitiveness, Development and Improvement of Suppliers of the Oil and Natural Gas Sector).

The initiative has been led by the agency, which advocates redesigning the scope of the program to improve its applicability and functioning.

The regulatory body intends to request that the new Pedefor guidelines be redefined by a committee and that the program be implemented by the agency itself.

The evaluation is that industry and suppliers prefer to have dialogue with the ANP than with any ministry, even on the perception that the agency is further away from political issues.

Pedefor was created under the premise of raising the competitiveness of local suppliers, stimulating national engineering, promoting innovation, expanding the supply chain and stimulating the creation of technology-based companies.

In order for Pedefor to resume, it will be necessary to publish a decree to redefine the new agents involved in the process. This is due to the fact that the program was created under the scopes of two committees  under the command of the ministries of Finance; Civil House; Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC); Mines and Energy (MME); and Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), in addition to BNDES, ANP and Finep.

Members of the Ministry of Economy are also in favor of the resumption of Pedefor and share the understanding that the program should be reformulated. The ANP wants only the agency and ministries of Energy and Economy to remain on the committee.

The Pedefor was created by decree in early 2018, under the government of former President Michel Temer. At the time, incentives were provided to suppliers, the implementation of bonuses and the revision of standards.

Source: BE Petroleum

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