Chief of Staff will keep president Temer abreast of COP7

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Representatives of the tobacco supply chain had a meeting with Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha, last Tuesday, August 23.

August 2016 – Following the visit of minister Blairo Maggi to the Rio Pardo Valley region, another important agenda was carried out on Tuesday, August 23, for preparing the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), to be held in India, November 7 through 12, and its lack of transparency is a cause for concern.

Leaderships of the tobacco sector, under the coordination of federal deputy Alceu Moreira, had a meeting with Eliseu Padilha, Chief of Staff to the President of Brazil. The meeting was attended by the president of SindiTabaco, Iro Schünke, president of Afubra, Benício Werner, chief executive officer of Abifumo, Carlos Galant, president of the Sectoral Chamber of the Tobacco Supply Chain, Airton Artus, Agricultural Policy Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (SPA/MAPA), Neri Geller, and the coordinator of the Supply and Trade Department at SPA/MAPA, Sávio Pereira.

Currently, the Committee for the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (Co/FCTC) comprises more than ten ministries and secretariats, but the group has not yet been clearly defined by the sector, especially in light of the political moment the Country is going through at the moment. As the COP7 is approaching, the group has requested the government to take a clear position about the tobacco supply chain. “We have already been threatened to have our crop affected and we have had to put up with commentaries that lack any foundation and make no sense. It is important for the sector to know which position Brazil will adopt at the conference”, says Schünke.

Padilha undertook to keep president Michel Temer abreast of the subject and have a meeting with the ministers involved in the matter to define a clear position. The president of SindiTabaco considered the result of the hearing very positive. “We are talking about a very organized sector, a pioneer in several sustainable production areas and with an expressive economic and social importance for thousands of Brazilians. It is quite natural for the President of the Country to keep informed and have an opinion. Let us hope for this meeting to take place and we expect a balanced decision from the government, with a fair position for all parties concerned”, Schünke pondered.

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