Corbett Discusses Trade Mission Gains

Philadelphia Business Journal

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, winding down his trade mission to Brazil and Chile, announced Tuesday the signing of a “Sister Chambers Agreement” to establish a partnership between Pennsylvania and Chile to promote mutual business growth and job creation.

The agreement was signed by the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce in Greater Philadelphia (AMCHAM), the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

The agreement focuses on joint cooperation and provides provisions to promote business for common development. It calls for the exchange of legal, financial and economic information and provides opportunities for businesses to participate in fairs and exhibitions in Santiago and Pennsylvania.

Corbett’s three-city, two-country mission, privately funded by Team Pennsylvania Foundation, was scheduled to wrap up Tuesday.

Here are some highlights reported by the governor from the trip

• 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.

• Wipro Infrastructure Engineering will establish a new U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Franklin County and create 74 new jobs.

• Corbett signed a joint declaration with Gov. 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.

• NovaTech LLC will establish a joint marketing alliance with Grupo SCR to bring its automation technology to the Brazilian market, broadening the company’s international operations in South America.

• A five-week residency program for two Chilean artists in Pennsylvania and two commonwealth artists in Chile. As a part of the exchange, two Chilean printmakers will exhibit with Artist Image Resource in Pittsburgh, and two Pennsylvania printmakers will exhibit with Taller 99 in Santiago.

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