Brazil: IT industry calls for end to crisis

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Four Brazilian IT industry associations released a joint letter expressing concern at the "grave" situation in Brazil, calling for an end to the political and economic crisis, and respect for the constitutional order and the rule of the law.

The letter is signed by software companies association ABES, the federation of IT associations Assespro, the IT and communication companies association Brasscom and the national federation of informatics companies Fenainfo.

The entities note that the decline in GDP and high inflation have hit income and jobs of Brazilians and say that the country's fiscal situation undermines the trust of economic agents, hindering investments.

"We urgently need to work towards increasing the efficiency of the Brazilian state, so that the level and quality of services provided to citizens are sustained, perhaps improved, even in the face of tight budget allocations," the letter reads. "ICT products and services are powerful enablers of productivity and operational excellence, leveraged by the digital transformation and related technologies."

According to the associations, the ongoing political-economic crisis has led to "undesirable lethargy" and even "paralysis." They urge political leaders to seek solutions to overcome the impasse, respecting the constitutional order and due legal process.

They also defend investigations into acts of corruption and punishment for those found to be guilty, "in order to reach a level of stability that allows a minimum of governance" for the country.

"The strict observance of the law and ethical conduct must be the basis for the handling of public and private interests," the organizations said.

The entities end the text saying they are neutral and have a non-partisan profile.


While the four associations did not take sides in the crisis, others did.

In an ad ran Tuesday in several Brazilian newspapers, industries federation Fiesp demanded the immediate impeachment of the President Dilma Rousseff.

The ad is co-signed by 70 entities, including the Brazilian electric-electronics industry association Abinee and the association of electronic security systems firms Abese.

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