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30/08/2017 - 20:17hs

Brazil plans to appeal WTO ruling

The country lost a dispute at the World Trade Organization regarding subsidy policies for its automotive, telecom and computer industries.

Brasília – The Brazilian government is expected to appeal the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that its subsidy policies for the auto, telecom and computer industries are illegal. Although government officials were aware of it beforehand, the result was only made public this Wednesday (30) following its translation.

“We are inclined to appeal, but I will not go into details regarding the contents for obvious strategical reasons,” said the undersecretary-general for Economic and Financial Affairs of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Márcio Bicalho Cozendey, speaking at a press conference where he commented the ruling.

The European Union and Japan filed disputes against Brazil’s Inovar-Auto program, designed to encourage technological innovation in its automotive industry; the program to support technological development in the semiconductor and display industry (Programa de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Tecnológico da Indústria de Semicondutores e Displays - Padis); and the Computer Law (Lei de Informática). Disputes were also filed against the program to support technological development of the digital TV equipment industry (Programa de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Tecnológico da Indústria de Equipamentos para TV Digital) and the digital inclusion program. These disputes, however, have already been settled.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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