The role of business entities in elections | Armando de Oliveira Lima

Roberto Cláudio, Capitão Wagner and Elmano participated in events promoted by FCDL

More meetings in between business entities and candidates for the government of Ceara they were missing in 2022. Most of the productive sectors did not promote the ritual that is performed at every election at lunches and in cafes where projects are discussed. In front of federations, associations and chambers, businessmen represent those who create employment and income in the state and are responsible for social institutions, basic and technical education. Their agenda is a way of revealing the candidates’ goals, whether they are voters or actual development projects.

Only this year Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCDL) followed tradition and invited the three best placed in the polls to vote for the national government for lunch – the last one, in fact, takes place today, the 28th, with Elman de Freitas (PT). Lide Ceará also did similar work with a focus on national elections.

Federation of Industry of the State of Ceará (fiec) and the industrial center of Ceará (CIC) did not lead industry to this goal – unlike other elections, when candidates were invited to the Casa da Indústria and were presented with the demands of the sector and faced with government projects in open hearings.

Three other important entities – the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Ceará (faeces), Union of Micro and Small Business Entities (Femicro) and the Federation of Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism Ceará (Fecomércio-CE), were also not ready for such an agenda.

By decision, important issues for the progress of large employers and those responsible for the training and improvement of producers are not in the right light, and the dialogue between businessmen and politicians is, practically, post-election.

Of course, the conversation behind the scenes cannot be ignored. But an open debate, with transparency and whose objectives are presented, is necessary for the implementation of democracy.

But there is still time. The second round is taken for granted in voting intention polls, and the entities have until October 30 to submit their agendas to the election finalists.

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