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Governor Corbett: Joint Declaration Signed with Rio de Janeiro to Create New Opportunities

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Governor Tom Corbett today announced the signing of a joint declaration with Governor Sérgio de Oliveira Cabral Santos of the State of Rio de Janeiro to strengthen trade ties and develop new economic opportunities for job creation in both states.

“I am honored to join Governor Cabral in signing this declaration and believe this agreement will be mutually beneficial and strengthen Pennsylvania’s position as a partner of Rio de Janeiro,” Corbett said.

The joint declaration focuses on enhancing cooperation related to energy and mining, particularly oil and natural gas. Collaboration is also encouraged among the states’ respective institutions, organizations, universities, research centers, companies and citizens to exchange ideas and information in key engineering and technology-based industries.

“There are a number of industries that are growing in Brazil that are also very strong in Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “Creating a partnership with the state of Rio de Janeiro will enhance joint trade and promote mutual investment that will lead to new economic growth and job creation in both states.”

Corbett signed the declaration during a meeting with Gov. Cabral and high-level executives from the state of Rio de Janeiro. Corbett discussed Pennsylvania’s economic climate and the state’s background and history in the mining and oil and gas industries.

Corbett’s announcement continued the Governor’s Jobs 1st Mission to Brazil and Chile. The mission is focused on growing the Pennsylvania economy and creating jobs through export promotion, investment attraction, building relationships to increase port traffic, international student recruitment and promoting Pennsylvania as a world-class destination for tourism.

The three-city, two-country mission, privately funded by Team Pennsylvania Foundation, is scheduled for April 6-16 and will include stops in the Brazilian cities of São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, along with Santiago, Chile.

On Monday, Governor Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett announced that a Brazilian music ensemble led by composer and performer Paulo Padilha will participate in a week-long educational and performance residency in Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014.

On Tuesday, Gov. Corbett announced during a roundtable discussion in Brazil that Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (Wipro), a hydraulic cylinder manufacturer, will establish a new U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Franklin County and create 74 new jobs.

For more information on the Governor’s 2013 Business Trade Mission to Brazil and Chile, visit www.paglobal.org.

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