For Immediate Release - October 10, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK JOINS CHILEAN AMBASSADOR FOR BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

Chilean Business Roundtable
Governor Patrick meets with Chilean Ambassador to the United States Felipe Bulnes and representatives from Massachusetts companies for a business roundtable. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office) View full size photo. 

BOSTON – Wednesday, October 10, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed Chilean Ambassador to the United States Felipe Bulnes to the Massachusetts State House for a business roundtable with representatives from Massachusetts companies in the life sciences, digital technology and clean energy sectors. The roundtable served as an opportunity to foster new and existing economic and cultural ties between Massachusetts and Chile, and was a result of Governor Patrick’s 2011 trade mission to Chile.

The roundtable is part of an ongoing effort by the Patrick-Murray Administration to develop the Commonwealth’s economic relationship with Chile. In December 2011, Governor Patrick led a multi-sector economic development mission to Chile. While in Chile, Governor Patrick signed an agreement with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera to grow jobs and opportunities in the areas of clean energy, biotechnology and education.

In 2011, Massachusetts exported approximately $81.8 million in goods and services to Chile, with approximately $76.8 million worth of goods and services imported from Chile.

Governor Patrick has focused on advancing Massachusetts’ relationships around the world in order to compete in the 21st century global economy. In addition to the mission to Chile, Governor Patrick has led delegations of business, academic and government leaders to China, Israel, the United Kingdom and Brazil.

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