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CNPq scholarship budget 2019 will be recomposed, says Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Economy

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Marcelo Guaranys spoke on the subject at a public hearing at the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Technology, Communication and Informatics

 

In a public hearing on “CNPq Budget and investments in S&T for the coming years”, held this Wednesday (9/19) in the Committee on Science, Technology, Communication and Informatics of the Chamber of Deputies, the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Marcelo Pacheco dos Guaranys, said there will be no shortage of resources to replenish the CNPq budget in 2019.

 One of the repurchase installments, in the order of R $ 82 million, was secured on September 3. In the coming days, a request for a budget supplement of R $ 250 million will be sent to the National Congress, thus totaling the amount of R $ 330 million needed to pay the scholarships by the end of this year, said the Executive Secretary.

 He explained that the release of funds to all government agencies always depends on revenue performance, which is monitored and disclosed every two months through the Primary Revenue and Expense Assessment Report. The next report will be released by the Ministry of Economy next Friday (9/20). "Our estimate is that we will have the necessary resources for the CNPq to have the budget recomposition by the end of the year, ensuring that everyone has their scholarships," he said.

 For 2020, the Executive Secretary reported that a budget of R $ 1.025 billion is expected to pay researchers, following the historical average of recent years, except for 2013, 2014 and 2015, when they were added to the resources to pay scholarship holders. of the now defunct Science without Borders program.

 Guaranys stressed the importance and the need to evaluate the quality of government spending, as is done in many countries around the world, in order to reduce the public deficit. “We need to improve the assessment of our mandatory expenses over time to always make the best choices on how to invest people's money. Investing in science and technology is a nonpartisan issue and very important for the sustainable growth of the country, ”he said in response to parliamentarians attending the hearing.

 He also said that in the current fiscal scenario it is essential to improve public policy choices so that resources can be used in those that will give the best results for the population. Guaranys also emphasized the need to discuss disbanding and expenditure relief so that Congress can set priorities for allocating resources to society.