Meetings with strategic partners

Dissemination of the sectorial, systemic and integrated vision, coupled with the incorporation of transversal issues that are priority for the BNDES operational structure, and discussion and formulation of new policies to reach these objectives are conducted in a specific BNDES forum, the Production Arrangement, Regional Development, Innovation and Environment Committee (CAR-IMA), coordinated since 2007 by the Production and Innovative Arrangements and Local Development Office (SAR), linked to the BNDES’ President’s Office.

Efforts throughout 2011 resulted in proposals for better synergy and higher relevance in operational policies and strategic planning put forth by the BNDES and its partners. Emphasis was placed on support and instrumentalization of the Federal Government’s priority programs from other public and private strategic partners – starting with the eradication of poverty, namely the “Brazil without Poverty” Plan.

With this aim, some 21 events were held in which the BNDES’ efforts were articulated and coordinated and partnerships were strengthened with Federal Governmental and private agencies, especially the Ministries of Social Development (MDS), National Integration (MI), Agricultural Development (MDA), Planning, Budgeting and Management (MPOG), Culture (MinC), Agriculture, Cattle-Raising and Supply (Mapa) and the National Supply Company (Conab), Fishing and Aquaculture (MPA), Environment (MMA), the Office for Women’s Policy (SPM), the Applied Economic Survey Institute (Ipea), the National Metrology, Normalization and  Industrial Quality (Inmetro), the National Industry Confederation (CNI), the Euvaldo Lodi Institute (IEL), the National Service for Industrial Training (Senai), Industry Social Services (Sesi) and state governments.

Special emphasis must be given to the Meeting on New Strategic Orientations for APL Policies in Sustainable Development, which included secretaries from 10 ministries, the president of the Brazilian Industrial Development Agency and Sebrae’s technical managing director, besides the president, managing directors, deputy managing directors and BNDES employees. On the occasion, two books were released with results of the Mapping and Analysis survey of the Policies for the Local Production Systems (APLs) in Brazil, held in 22 Brazilian states and financed by the BNDES – Policies for APLs in Brazil, volume I: South, Southeast and Central-West and volume II: North and Northeast.

To contribute to formulating, bringing together and fine-tuning the BNDES and partners’ policies, the Bank also participated in forums, among them: the Permanent Work Group in APLs (GTP-APLs), coordinated by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and with the participation of several other ministries and policy agencies to orient and coordinate efforts towards inducing the development and innovation of APLs, and the Regionalization Work Group of the Brasil Maior Plan, which aims at guaranteeing the policy has greater equality across the Brazilian territory.

To promote the exchange of information and experiences, the BNDES organized experience workshops on national, regional and international policies, in which Brazilian and international experiences on policies for development were presented and discussed, especially the challenges the Brazilian economy and the Northeastern Region face; sustainable development and the Rio +20 event; the global economy, the financial crisis, innovation and development; innovation and the role of the BRICS, the group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In several national, regional and state forums, and in seminars, meetings and courses, the incorporation and dissemination of knowledge was encouraged at the BNDES and its development into new efforts and policy instruments, in the following topics: Policies for Development, Local Production and Innovation Systems; Regional and Territorial Development; Science, Technology and Innovation; Socio-environmental Sustainability; Financing for Financial Development and Inclusion.