Panel SA: President of Sebrae should continue in office


The president of Sebrae (Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Companies), Carlos Melles, should remain in charge of the entity in the administration of the president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The talks, according to direct advisers to the president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, are still advanced.

In the midst of this process, Melles was targeted by former members of the Ministry of Economy who, two days ago, began to spread criticism about Sebrae’s “unbridled spending” to send a delegation of 600 members to Portugal, where the Web Summit is taking place. , the world’s largest business and innovation fair.

THE SheetMelles stated that it is not a “caravan of joy” and that he took 200 Brazilian startups to close deals, in addition to closing deals through Sebrae.

“Many of them started here, at Sebrae”, he said. “We came to close a bilateral agreement with Portugal so that the Portuguese capital is a hub [centro de distribuição] of our small and medium-sized technology companies.”

In the coming days, Melles said that Sebrae, in partnership with CNI (National Confederation of Industry) and CNC (National Confederation of Commerce), will open a commercial office in the Portuguese capital.

“The objective is to serve as a trade promotion agency for exports by small Brazilian companies,” he said. “This office will explore which markets, in Europe and Asia, could buy goods or services from small businesses.”

Sebrae assesses that there is interest in regional or special coffees produced by family companies, dairy products, handicrafts, among other items.

“Other countries already do this in Brazil. Italy, for example, exports so much to us. Let’s reverse this flow.”

In addition, Sebrae will sign an agreement with the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries to sell its development services to micro-entrepreneurs.

“This mission is far from being official tourism,” Melles said.

Julio Wiziack (interim) with Paul Ricardo Martins and Diego Felix

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