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In February 2013, Governor Patrick led a coalition of the Commonwealth’s business executives and government leaders to Colombia to promote job creation and continue expanding economic opportunity and partnerships between Latin America and the Commonwealth.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Massachusetts to compete for jobs on the global playing field,” said Governor Patrick. “We cannot afford to sit idle as our competitors develop the partnerships and secure the investments that will create jobs in the innovation industries where we already have an advantage - life sciences, clean energy, and the digital technologies.”

As part of the Massachusetts-Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Patrick and President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize collaboration between Massachusetts and Colombia in the areas of science, technology and innovation, including in the life sciences, digital technology and clean energy industries. Last year, the United States signed a free trade agreement with Colombia, opening up an estimated $1.1 billion market for U.S. exports.

Trip Highlights

  • Governor Patrick and Colombian President Santos Sign Science and Innovation Memorandum of Understanding

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – February 20, 2013 – As part of the Massachusetts-Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick and President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize collaboration between Massachusetts and Colombia in the areas of science, technology and innovation, including in the life sciences, technology and clean energy industries.
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