For Immediate Release - March 21, 2013


Brazilian Federal Congressional Delegation
Governor Patrick meets with members of the Brazilian Federal Congressional Delegation in the Governor's Office. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)
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BOSTON, MA – Thursday, March 21, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with a delegation from the Brazilian National Congress and the First Lady of São Paulo, Dr. Ana Estela Haddad. The federal delegation traveled to Massachusetts for a conference on early education and early intervention at Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child. The congressmen and congresswomen, who represent several of Brazil’s political parties, are professionals in the fields of medicine, education, business and law.

In December 2011, Governor Patrick traveled on the Massachusetts-Brazil Innovation Economy Mission to promote job creation in the life sciences, IT, clean energy and education sectors, along with economic development partnerships between Massachusetts and Brazil. The trip included visits to companies, universities and government leaders in Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Governor Patrick signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. He also announced a Massachusetts-Brazil university exchange program. Brazil is Massachusetts’ 14th largest export partner and 24th largest import partner.

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