07/29/2016 10h47

Vice Governor of São Paulo enters into agreement with Bavaria during the opening of the Regional Leaders, in Munich

Summit brought together leaderships from seven regions in the world, seeking partnerships for economic and social development

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Memorandum of Understanding between the states of São Paulo and Bavaria was signed through Investe São Paulo and Invest in Bavaria

The vice governor of São Paulo, Márcio França, paved the way for future investments between São Paulo and the state of Bavaria, Germany, during the eighth edition of the Regional Leaders’ Summit, held from July 14 to 15, in Munich. Focused on the topic “Digitalization and Innovation”, the Regional Leaders was attended by leaderships from states and provinces of seven countries on five continents - South Africa, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China and the United States. They represent 180 million people on five continents, and together, the regions have a GDP of US$ 3.3 trillion.

Márcio França entered into a Memorandum of Understanding through Investe São Paulo, the investment promotion agency associated with the Department of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Invest in Bavaria, German counterpart. The document gives opportunities for partnerships between the two most thriving states of the two countries. “We took a step to strengthen the economic relations between the states of São Paulo and Bavaria, seeking to attract investments and create jobs with advantages to both sides,” said the vice governor Márcio França, who represented the governor Geraldo Alckmin in the event.

The president of Investe São Paulo, Juan Quirós, also signed the document and emphasized that Bavaria and São Paulo have a huge field to establish future partnerships in the areas of innovation and in the automotive, health and environmental sectors, among others. “People from São Paulo and Brazil benefit from this new partnership,” he said.

Wolfgang Hübschle, director of Invest in Bavaria, the investment agency of Bavaria, said that the document aims to deepen the exchange of investment, trade relations and the exchange of knowledge between the two regions.

The Summit was attended by the delegations of the governor of Upper Austria, Joseh Pühringer; the Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard; the governor of Shandong, Guo Shuqing; Minister-President of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer; the governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal; and the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille.

On the same day (14), the vice governor held separate meetings with each of these authorities, discussing topics related to science and technology, economic development, energy, investment, culture, biodiversity, etc.

The Regional Leaders also promoted a roundtable with the participation of all leaders and the presentation of multilateral projects by Professor Klaus Shilling, of the University of Würzburg, and the results of the Future Leaders’ Conference. Both presentations were followed by debates with those present.

Two roundtables ended the event: “The world of industry 4.0: smart solutions for a better life” and “The digital transformation of the automobile: A challenge which drives economy and society,” presented respectively by Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, and Helmut Matschi, Board member of Continental.

According to Ana Paula Fava, responsible for the Special Advisory for International Affairs (AEAI) of SP state government, the event ensured to all those involved “an opportunity to establish cooperation agreements, exchange experiences and make important exchanges. The participation of the vice governor, who is also the Secretary of Economic Development and is closely related to the topics of this Summit will certainly foster fruitful results for the State of São Paulo,” she said.

About the Regional Leaders’ Summit
The Regional Leaders’ Summit, established in 2002 and consisting of seven state governments, seeks to strengthen the political, economic and cultural relations between its partners. It is a reference point in the discussion and dissemination of sustainable development policies, incentive to technological innovation, education, health, environment, among other topics. Since its foundation, dozens of cooperation programs and projects have been adopted among its members.

Among the participants are Bavaria, Upper Austria, Quebec, São Paulo, Shandong, Georgia and Western Cape Province. The network was founded by the regions of Bavaria, Quebec and Upper Austria, which maintain, since 1999, a regular dialogue on the role of states, regions and provinces in the international relations. The state of São Paulo joined this group in 2005.
The Regional Leaders’ Summit, which takes place every two years, is focused on specific topics.

In 2012, the state of São Paulo hosted the 6th Summit focused on the topic “Sustainable Energy and Development.” On the occasion, the governor Geraldo Alckmin entered into an instrument for universities, industries and research institutes to develop products to increase the use of clean and renewable energy sources. The commitment was part of the final declaration of the Summit, at Palácio dos Bandeirantes, the seat of São Paulo state government.
In 2018, with no scheduled date yet, the Summit will take place in Quebec (Canada).