For Lula, the industry, which once accounted for 30% of Brazilian GDP and has fallen to 10%, has no way to compete internationally because there has been a delay in investments in new technologies.
Lula’s site – In a prime-time interview of 18, for Rádioconexão 98 in Palmas (TO), former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that a recovery of the industrial sector in Brazil necessarily entails heavy investments in education, science and technology, as a way to foster progress.
“To become an industrial country, you have to invest in science and technology, you have to create more universities, more technical schools. When I was in the presidency, Brazil was in 13th place in the production of scientific articles in specialized journals because we have invested heavily in science and technology. It’s over. The universities today do not have the money to mow the lawn in front of the buildings, the technical schools go bankrupt ”, complained the former president.
According to Lula, this is a reflection of the current federal government’s total abandonment of knowledge production and several other sectors of the economy. “I don’t think there are serious businessmen defending the government’s development policy. There is no Bolsonaro development policy, there is a sales policy of what has been built over so many years because there is no development policy, there is no industrial project. The problem is that there is no government, there is no project, so there are no investments ”, she stressed.
For the former president, the industry, which once represented 30% of Brazilian GDP, a percentage that has now fallen to around 10%, cannot compete so strongly on the international scene because there has been a delay in investing in new technologies, different from what has happened in other countries, such as the United States, South Korea and China.
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“We have lost the moment, the opportunity to invest in science and technology like Korea did, like the United States did, but there is no point in complaining. We have to catch up so that in 10, 20 years from now we will have a new generation, a generation of researchers, engineers, scientists, so that we can discuss niche sectors that can be competitive on the international market. Brazil doesn’t want to remain just an exporter of goods, Brazil also wants to export value-added products, ”Lula said.
He also cited a change in Brazil’s trade balance with Argentina, which occurred during his administration, as an example of industrial and development policy. “When I came to the presidency of the Republic, the trade flow between Brazil and Argentina was only 7 billion dollars, when I left it was 39 billion. Do you know what Brazil sold to Argentina? It wasn’t meat, it wasn’t soy, it wasn’t corn, it was value-added products, industrialized products. Because if Brazil can’t compete with Germany, we can compete with other countries. It turns out that our industries are closing because the economy is not growing, “he said.
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