Governor Deval L. Patrick
Toast to President Dilma Rousseff
State House – Boston
April 10, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished guests, good afternoon and welcome one and all to the State House.

On our trade mission this past December, our delegation was warmly welcomed at all levels of government and business in Brasilia, in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro. 

Today, on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have the honor and delight to return the warm welcome to you, Madame President, and to all of your colleagues who are here.  

Benvindos.

As the sixth largest economy in the world, and home to a large and vibrant part of our own immigrant community here in Massachusetts, Brazil is one of our most important international partners. 

Like Massachusetts, Brazil’s focus on education and innovation is driving job growth and catalyzing international investment.

On our recent visit to Brazil, working across business, government and academia, we strengthened our educational bond through the creation of an academic exchange between several Brazilian and North American Universities, including the University of Massachusetts system; our entrepreneurial bond through a new relationship between Endeavor Brazil and MassChallenge, our own equivalent; and our economic bond as members of our team explored and deepened investment opportunities. 

We look forward to all the good that will come to these deepening relationships both in Brazil and here at home in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

So, if I can find a glass, a toast to you, Madame President, and to the future of the Massachusetts-Brazil relationship.

Saúde.