Norte Energia and Fiepa Sign Agreements to Strengthen Finishing and Sanitation Management in the Xingu
Publication Date: 02/26/2021 11:00
Norte Energia's CEO, Paulo Roberto Ribeiro Pinto, and the president of the FIEPA System, José Conrado Santos, signed agreements in Belém on Wednesday morning (3/4) to strengthen the fish chain in the Belo Monte HPP region and to train municipal managers as support in handling the sanitation infrastructure built by the Company. The occasion was also marked by the signing of Norte Energia's affiliation to the Pará Industries Center (CIP).
According to the president of the Federation of Industries of Pará (FIEPA), José Conrado Santos, the new agreements reinforce the partnership established in 2012 between the Company and REDES – Innovation and Economic Sustainability, an initiative sponsored by FIEPA. "We are glad to renew this partnership, to continue working with a company that is not only genuinely from Pará, but of great national interest. We are also grateful for the confidence that the company places in the Industry System, through REDES, SESI and SENAI," he stressed.
A local, national, and international market assessment is foreseen as first step in the agreement aimed at strengthening the fish chain, followed by the training of associations and producers on the opportunities identified in the study. The focus will be on two aspects – fish for consumption and for ornamental use.
In the public health area, public managers of municipalities in the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant's Direct Area of Influence (AID) that received sanitation infrastructure will be trained to handle the systems built by the Company.
For Norte Energia's CEO, Paulo Roberto Ribeiro Pinto, the actions set forth in the agreements represent yet another legacy of the Belo Monte HPP for the region. “Both agreements are extremely relevant to us. We have built several other legacies and these are two additional examples. Considering that Norte Energia is the largest, 100% Brazilian power plant, deployed here in the State of Pará, and with the ability to contract labor directly and indirectly, it must be integrated in the state's socioeconomic context. That is why it is also important to remain aligned and engaged with the Federation of Industries of the State of Pará", the executive emphasized.
The fish chain project is also intended to encourage the participation of producers in trade fairs, the exchange of experiences with other regions and the involvement of the state government, through the Secretary for Agricultural and Fishery Development (Sedap). “One of the most important challenges will be, together with the Secretary, to push for sector regulation. Current regulations cover supermarket shelves, but the preceding chain is still uncared for”, said Marcel Souza, from REDES/FIEPA.
The PACM comprises the Basic Environmental Project (PBA) of the Belo Monte HPP, managed by Norte Energia. So far, R$ 36 million have been invested and approximately R$ 18 million are expected to be allocated under the program's scope by 2021. The measures adopted range from hiring specialized labor and training local agents to donating trucks, motorcycles and boats to enable the mobility of the teams from the health departments involved.
"The goal is to conduct immediate diagnoses and provide prompt care. To that end, surveillance centers were created in areas that are difficult to access in each municipality, with disease control agents available to perform rapid tests and treat patients, as well as deliver the mosquito traps, a preventive action that has shown excellent results”, Norte Energia's Public Health coordinator, Gecilda Aparecida de Lima, explains.