Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services
Established in 1999, the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services is responsible for the following subjects:
- Development policy on industry, trade and services;
- Intellectual property and technology transfer;
- Metrology, standardization and industrial quality;
- Foreign trade policy;
- Regulation and implementation of programs and activities related to foreign trade;
- Assess and apply trade remedies;
- Participation in international trade negotiations.
To accomplish its goals, the Ministry acts through four Secretariats:
- Secretariat of Industrial Development and Competitiveness (SDCI);
- Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX);
- Secretariat of Trade and Services (SCS);
- Secretariat of Innovation and New Business (SINN).
The Ministry also hosts and chairs the ministerial council of the National Council of Export Processing Zones (CZPE).
The following entities are linked to the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services :
- Superintendency of the Manaus Free Zone (SUFRAMA);
- National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI);
- National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO);
There are also private non-profit organizations that receive resources from the Ministry for public interest actions:
Mission: to formulate, implement and evaluate public policies, in order to promote competitiveness, foreign trade, investment, business innovation and consumer welfare.
Vision: to be a reference in the management of public policies, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of Brazilian companies.
Secretariat of Industrial Development and Competitiveness
The Secretariat of Industrial Development and Competitiveness (SDCI) is the main governmental body designated to elaborate, manage and monitor industrial policy. In the context of finalistic macro processes, SDCI acts as an instance for receiving and processing national private sector demands, identifying structural bottlenecks and seeking ways to foster business environment and industrial competitiveness. SDCI operates through the improvement and simplification of regulatory and fiscal mechanisms, financing and investment, besides monitoring consolidated industrial policy instruments.This Secretariat aims to foster industrial development and competitiveness through actions designed to strengthen industrial development, such as granting competitive stimulus to the productive sector.
Secretariat of Foreign Trade
The Secretariat of Foreign Trade develops, implements and monitors foreign trade policies and programs, and also establishes necessary standards and procedures in order to properly implement these policies. It also carries out sectorial guidelines for foreign trade of goods, encompassing both those set by domestic legislation and by international agreements.
Furthermore, the Secretariat manages the Integrated System of Statistics on Trade (SISCOMEX), which collects data from and optimizes Brazilian international trade. Finally, the Secretariat also undertakes the trade remedies procedures, in full-compliance with WTO normative.
Secretariat of Commerce and Services
The competences of the Secretariat of Commerce and Services encompasses the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of public policies, programs and actions regarding the development of commerce and services sectors, both at domestic level as abroad. The Secretariat is also responsible for analysing and monitoring these sectors trends within Brazil and abroad, as well as for designing and publishing relevant information regarding services trade.
Additionally, the Secretariat is in charge of managing the Integrated System of Statistics on Trade of Services (SISCOSERV) as well as other programs for fostering commerce and services sectors in Brazil.
Secretariat of Innovation and New Businesses
The Secretariat of Innovation and New Businesses is the main government actor in charge of connecting public policies on innovation with private sector demands, focusing on entrepreneurship and technology innovation. It aims to promote innovation within Brazilian companies through mechanisms designed to support and foster the culture of innovation. Also, the Secretariat takes active part in elaborating innovation policies, in order to increase competitiveness to goods and services manufacturing, and monitors policies on Intellectual Property.
Among its main activities are: the development of fiscal, financial and regulatory incentives for the development and use of green technologies; the public-private partnership on innovation policies and its results; qualification in strategic and technology-based industries to meet market demands; reorientation of instruments to support innovation for competitiveness in companies; and the attraction of global centers of R&D.