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    “United for the legality and sustainability of the sector”: The motto that marked the thematic axes of the 33rd National Congress of Fuel and Energy Distributors

    Bogotá DC, June 28, 2019. On June 19, 20, 21 and 22 in Santa Marta, within the framework of the 33rd National Congress of Fuel and Energy Distributors: “United for the legality and sustainability of the sector”, Fendipeleo organized around 600 people gathered to discuss the opportunities, perspectives and problems of the distribution of fuels and energy in the country.

    The themes of the contest revolved around public policies, border areas, the strategic role of women in the distribution of fuels, the contribution of the sector to the environment, unconventional fuels, the relevance of lubricants for the sector and the system of occupational safety and health management for service stations.

    The event managed to bring together personalities representative of the National Government, who committed themselves to analyze the cases presented by small and medium-sized fuel entrepreneurs, to contribute to the legality and guarantee the sustainability of the sector for the benefit of the final consumer, recognizing that this Market segment offers a public service that moves the economy and social development of the Nation. Among the personalities were the Deputy Minister of Energy, Diego Mesa; the former president and senator, Álvaro Uribe Vélez; Senator Paloma Valencia; Senator Didier Lobo; the representative to the Chamber, Ciro Fernández; the Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Andrés Barreto, among others.

    The guild’s request to the Government during the event focused on:

    That the Ministry of Mines and Energy retakes the competence to assign the operating license for new service stations; due to the high saturation currently in the market (more than 5,500 EDS in the Colombian territory).
    That there is greater control over competition and vertical integration.
    That a retail marketing margin be established that guarantees the provision of public service efficiently to the final consumer, covering the average costs of operation, administration and maintenance of a service station.
    That the quotas of border areas be extended.
    Define via law or regulation that in the future it is through the existing service stations that the marketing of all types of fuels and energy necessary for mobility is carried out.

    From left to der. Germán Ortiz, advisor, Economic Regulation Office, SOLDICOM Fund, Carlos Eraso, Ecopetrol Regulatory Strategy Manager; Ciro Fernández, Chairman Commission V of the House of Representatives; Didier Lobo, Vice President Commission V of the Senate; Juan Pablo Ospina, CEO Palermo Tanks; José Manuel Moreno, director of Hydrocarbons Ministry of Mines and Energy; Johan Martínez, director of Energy and New Businesses Asocaña; María Adelaida Pradilla, Vice President Downstream Colombian Petroleum Association; German
    Chain, vice president Fendipe Petroleum. Public Policy Panel.

    Against the above, the interventions and commitments to be highlighted by the participants are:

     “(…) we always talk about quality and reliability in distribution and structure; but as Dr. Jairo said, from the Government, understanding that there must be a principle of financial sustainability for the business, and in that we are fully aware, as the National Government understands; and we tend to continue and continue to clean up this sector in a financially sustainable way. ” The Deputy Minister of Energy, Diego Mesa, affirmed.
    “I expect a bill to review it. We will make a call, very respectfully, to the Minister of Mines, telling her these concerns of you; We will ask the Government, respectfully, to meet extensively with you to seek some agreements on all these issues. ” Senator Uribe pointed out.
    “Our commitment is to raise and structure a bill of three or four articles at your fingertips, which is clear and gives the guarantees to have financial sustainability, in search of ending the dominant position. We want justice with the sector and win-win benefits. ” The Vice President of the Fifth Committee of the House of Representatives, Ciro Fernández, emphasized during the public policy panel.
    “In conjunction with the board of the Guild, I commit myself to take the steps to look at the failures of competition and those who must make the decisions, take them. (…) What must be there is a regulation that allows everyone to compete on equal terms and that the benefits are for consumers. ” Emphasized Senator Paloma Valencia.
    The director of the Fiscal and Customs Police, Brigadier General Juan Carlos Buitrago invited to strengthen the public – private alliance, through the linking of the sector to the Permanent Integrated Police Anti-Contraband Center (CIPA).
    The Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Andrés Barreto, highlights the role of the SIC in protecting the market from the guarantee of competition rules for the benefit of the final consumer, generating equitable conditions among the actors involved.
    Concluding that those rules in which the regulator does not previously consult the concept of competition law to the authority in charge, even when this concept is not binding, will be subject to nullity of law before the courts.

    Senator Paloma Valencia intervention; former president and senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez; Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Andrés Barreto.
    Regarding border areas, a Pact for the legality and transparency between the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Finance, the DIAN, the Fiscal and Customs Police and Fendipe Petroleum was proposed, with the aim of avoiding stigmatization of the sector by few account; in addition to a table of consultation with the National Government, around the issues that afflict the sector: margin of commercialization and assigned quotas.

    From left to der. Hellen Zambrano, candidate for mayor of Tumaco and retail fuel distributor; Mario Guevara, President Petróleos de Nariño (Petronar); Rosario Henríquez, President Ayatawacoop; Amilkar Acosta, former Minister of Mines; Luis Fernando Gámez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Adonar – Fendipeleo Nariño; Hearneldo Brito, retail distributor of Cesar, Lieutenant Colonel Óscar Cortés, Deputy Director Polfa. Border Zone Panel.

    Juan David Castaño, Vice President of Business Strengthening of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá with his conference Successful and sustainable business over time, invited businessmen to reflect on the strategy of organizations, from the balance of resources and planning of the future vision, because it is this that allows the differentiation in the market. Innovation as a constant also represents a competitive advantage and value generation for service stations; as well as those who focus their attention on the user, both internally and externally. Additionally, he made a call to participate in the Mega Trajectory Companies program of the country’s chambers of commerce, with the objective of contributing to the outstanding growth of Colombian companies.

    The congress also had the participation of representatives of the Latin American Commission of Fuel Entrepreneurs, delegates from Brazil, Peru and Mexico, of which the intervention of Víctor Arellano, director of Onexpo, the Mexican union of fuel distributors, who invited Attendees to develop their business for the community where it is located, understand customers and meet their needs, train employees with quality, especially service sellers, who are a key player at the time of sale.

    Against the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, the Ministry of Labor specified that service stations that have between 1 and 10 workers must comply with the 60 standards of regulations, due to the level of risk and exposure they have the workers of the sector. Additionally, the ARLs reiterated their commitment to provide face-to-face support to make the implementation of the System more effective. At the end of the panel, the Ministry made itself available to establish dialogue tables and trainings if required.

    Fendipeleo Nacional on the eve of its 50th anniversary representing the interests of the retail fuel distribution businessmen obtained, once again, the recognition as the strongest trade union organization in the sector in the national sphere. At the close of the event, the governor of Magdalena, Rosa Cotes decorated Mr. Jairo Gómez for the work that the Federation has developed over the years for the benefit of the economic and social development of the country.

    “We are the link in the fuel distribution chain that has the privilege of direct contact with the final consumer, and that gives us an unexplored force” Luis Emilio Sierra Grajales, spokesperson for Fendipeleo.

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