The Argentine Chamber of Electronic, Electro Mechanic and Lighting Industries (Cadieel) denounced that Juan José Aranguren, Ministry of Energy of Argentina, favors foreign companies in public bids concerning renewable energy, thermal and construction of transformer substations. The entity, according to the text that newspaper BAE had access to, went further and recalled that "in a meeting that the chamber held with the Secretary of Energy Planning, Daniel Redondo, he indicated that the Ministry 'buys the cheapest regardless whether it is manufactured in Argentina or not. '
The President of Cadieel, Jorge Cavanna, described this statement as "regrettable" and "contradictory to the interest in looking after employment and promoting the national Small and Medium Enterprises (PYMEs) expressed by President Mauricio Macri and the Minister of Production, Francisco Cabrera”.
He also stated that in public bids related to the generation of distributed thermal energy, "the State, which should allow the successful bidder to open the possibility for the Argentine industry to access the opportunity to compete, is not only absent but favors the entry without control of imported equipment that often does not respect basic environmental standards ". For Cadieel's President, "An opportunity to generate work in exchange for a financial business was missed”.
At the same time, Cadieel emphasized that the first step in licensing to promote the generation of energy from renewable sources was thought as a "financial business" rather than as "a further opportunity to diversify the energy matrix or to boost an industry with international standards of quality, reason why there will be almost no equipment manufactured in Argentina”.
The chamber that groups the Argentine manufacturers of equipment for the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power complained that Minister Aranguren is "totally insensitive to the serious situation that PYME are going through." Cavanna explained that they had five requests for an interview with the Minister of Energy that never were answered and warned that, according to their own estimations, 35% of factories have decreased their personnel, half decreased their production and eight out of ten industries have decrease their working hours.
Date: 17 march, 2017