The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, on behalf of the Commonwealth, negotiates, administers and implements Agreements or Memoranda of Understanding with other countries, international regions or foreign development agencies.  Agreements advance Massachusetts economic development priorities by strengthening international collaboration in areas of mutual interest, such as trade and investment, economic opportunity, science, technology, innovation and education.

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World map indicating countries and regions with 
active international agreements with Massachusetts

Australia

  • Title: Memorandum of Understanding on Investment and Trade Information Exchange and Promotion between the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment   Date signed: 11/0/2009 pdf format of australia agreement
  • Participating Entity: State of Victoria, Australia
  • Signatories: Victor Perton, Commissioner to the Americas
  • Description: Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Victoria, Australia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts aimed at promoting bilateral trade and investment as well as information and academic exchange.

Canada

  • Title: Joint Declaration on Research, Science and Technology Cooperation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Québec. Date Signed: 3/31/2009 pdf format of quebec09 agreement
  • Participating Entity: Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Exportation (MDEIE) of Québec
  • Signatories: Geneviève Tanguay, Assistant Deputy Minister of MDEIE
  • Description: Joint declaration on research, science and technology cooperation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Québec with an intention to bring significant bilateral economic and social benefits to both regions.

Canada

  • Title: Understanding between the Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Gouvernement du Québec with Respect to the Exchange of Law Enforcement Information.   Date Signed: 11/13/2007 pdf format of quebec07 agreement
  • Participating Entity: Government of Québec
  • Signatories: Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations; Jacques P. Dupuis, Minister of Public Security
  • Description: The understanding allows both parties to exchange security information to strengthen internal security between the United States of America and Canada.

Chile

  • Title: Memorandum of Understanding on the Fields of Education, Energy and Biotechnology between the Republic of Chile and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Date Signed 9/23/11 pdf format of chile agreement
  • Participating Entity: Republic of Chile
  • Signatories: Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
  • Description: Promotes collaboration in the fields of human capital, energy, biotechnology, and the strengthening of the scientific and technological development between the Republic of Chile and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

China

  • Title: Memorandum of Agreement Promoting Friendship and Cooperation between Guangdong Province and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Date Signed: 5/7/1992 pdf format of guangdong agreement
  • Participating Entity: Guangdong Province, China
  • Signatories: Zhu Senlin, Governor of Guangdong
  • Description: Agreement on the promotion of friendship and cooperation between Guangdong and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

China

  • Title: Memorandum of Understanding between the Hebei Province, PRC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Date Signed: 9/18/2006 pdf format of hebei agreement
  • Participating Entity: Hebei Province, China
  • Signatories: Zhaoshi Hong, representing Hebei Governor Gengmao Guo
  • Description: Memorandum of Understanding on promotion of Hebei Province and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via reciprocal company assistance and support for increased FDI in both regions.

China

  • Title: MOU on Two-Way Investment Promotion Cooperation between the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment and the Investment.  Date Signed: 6/23/2008
  • Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (CIPA)
  • Participating Entity: Investment Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (CIPA)
  • Signatories: Hua Yu, Deputy Director General of CIPA
  • Description: Memorandum of Understanding in order to enhance two-way cooperation and investment.

China

  • Title: Memorandum of Understanding on Investment and Trade Information Exchange and Promotion between the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment.   Date Signed: 6/16/2010 pdf format of beijing agreement
  • Participating Entity: Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce
  • Signatories: Wen Han, Deputy Director General, Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce
  • Description: Memorandum of Understanding focusing on information exchange, foreign direct investment and innovation referrals.

Hong Kong

  • Title: Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and   Date Signed: 1/15/2014  
  • Participating Entity:
  • Signatories:
  • Description:

Israel

  • Title: Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Government of the State of Israel on Bilateral Cooperation in Industrial Research and Development.   Date Signed: 3/10/2011 pdf format of israel agreement
  • Participating Entity: State of Israel
  • Signatories: Shalom Simhon, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor
  • Description: Agreement between Massachusetts and Israel to develop and strengthen economic, industrial, technological and commercial cooperation.

Japan

  • Title: Joint Declaration on the Promotion of Friendship and Affiliation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Participating Entity: Hokkaido, Japan.   Date Signed: 7/16/2010 pdf format of hokkaido agreement
  • Signatories: Osamu Taki, Vice Governor of Hokkaido
  • Description: Joint Declaration on the Promotion of Friendship and Affiliation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Massachusetts-Hokkaido Sister-State Affiliation for the purpose of further promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between the people.

Portugal

  • Title: Sister State Agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Azores Autonomous Region, Portuguese Republic   Date Signed: 6/26/2008 pdf format of azores agreement
  • Participating Entity: Azores Autonomous Region
  • Signatories: President Carlos Cesar, Azores Autonomous Region
  • Description: Sister State Agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Azores Autonomous Region to encourage the growth of trade and investment relations within the framework of global free trade. 

South Korea

  • Title: Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Life Sciences and High Technology Industries between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Seoul Metropolitan Government.   Date signed: 4/19/2011 pdf format of seoul agreement
  • Participating Entity: Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Signatories: Myunho Shin, Assistant Mayor, Economic Promotion Headquarters, Seoul
  • Description: MOU between Massachusetts and Seoul to strengthen ties in the life sciences and high technology industries.

Spain

  • Title: Declaration of Intent of Cooperation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Generalitat de Catalunya.  Date Signed: 3/17/1992
  • Participating Entity: Catalonia, Spain
  • Signatories: Joaquim Pujol I Figa, Secretary General-Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Description: Declaration of Intent of Cooperation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Generalitat de Catalunya

Spain

  • Title: Declaration of Intent of Cooperation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Generalitat de Catalunya.  Date Signed: 6/20/12
  • Participating Entity: Catalonia, Spain
  • Signatories: Artur Mas i Gavarró, President of Catalonia
  • Description: Governor Deval Patrick signs memorandum of understanding between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Catalonia at the2012 BIO Convention.  It drafts a new agreement off of the old one to better collaborate in specifically the life sciences, renewable energy, information technology, advanced infrastructure, and academic cooperation.

Sweden and Denmark
 

  • Title: Memorandum of Understanding on Collaboration and Research & Development in the Life Sciences between the Political Regions of Medicon Valley and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Date Signed: 6/20/2012 pdf format of mediconvalley agreement
  • Participating Entity: Political Regions of Medicon Valley—Skane, Sweden and Zealand, Denmark
  • Signatories: Swedish and Danish Government Officials
  • Description: The agreement focuses on enhancing research partnerships in life sciences by an exchange of researchers and students; identifying special projects, partnerships or collaborations that can lead to new or enhanced research opportunities; and establishing a framework to be used in joint projects that could be financed by the European Union or National Institute of Health to develop new products and processes that can be used in the global market.