Attacks on Free Zone are in "bad faith" and "lack of information", says Joshua Neto

For parliamentary, politicians and businessmen from the south and southeast of the country are unaware of the social reality of the Amazon.
16/01/2018 15h59 - Updated 17/01/2018 16h25
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In response to the recent attacks on the Manaus Free Trade Zone, State Representative Joshua Neto (PSD) said, last week, that criticism of the economic model are by political and economic interests and characterize "bad faith" and lack of information about the benefits that the ZFM provides for the Amazon, Brazil and world.

For parliamentary, politicians and businessmen from the south and southeast of the country are unaware of the social reality of the Amazon and the benefits that Free Zone model brought to the state and focus only on tax breaks. "The criticism that depart from the south and southeast around the Zona Franca consider only one side of the coin. Speak only of tax breaks but do not take into account the benefits that the ZFM through its activity, It contributes to the Brazil and the world in political terms, social and environmental ", he said.

The parliamentary model explains some of the contributions. "Under the agreement of Paris, Brazil has to show the world a maintenance commitment 150 million hectares of green area, is today 97% forest in the Amazon is preserved thanks to the model Free Trade Zone ", said.

The agreement of Paris is treated governing carbon dioxide emission reduction measures from 2020. The agreement was negotiated during the UN Conference on Climate Changes (COP-21), em Paris, in 2015.

According to Joshua Neto, the maintenance of ZFM and its forests contribute to the supply of reserves due to the clouds carried by the wind to the south and southeast. Another point is also electricity consumed in South and Southeast that are generated in the Amazon hydroelectric where is the ZFM.

The MP also pointed out that the state is annually 17% of Brazil's GDP, It is the 3rd largest collector State, and the last 10 years passed around 98,3 billion reais in federal taxes, in return he received only 23,8 billion.

According to information from the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Zone (Suframa), Amazon has 8% tax breaks the country, 92% It is made in other states, more than half in southeastern Brazil.


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