On this thursday afternoon (1st), Governor João Doria and the Secretary of International Relations, Julio Serson, met with the US Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman, and the US Consul General in São Paulo, Adam Shub, and signed an extensive protocol of intentions for the development of joint projects between São Paulo and the US government in the areas of education, health, science and technology, public security, trade and investments, agriculture and tourism.
Also present at the meeting were the Secretary for Economic Development, Patrícia Ellen, the Executive Secretary for International Relations, Ambassador Affonso Massot, and the President of InvestSP, Wilson Mello.
“The relationship between the United States Consulate in São Paulo and the São Paulo Government is formed by partners who are trained, qualified and interested in acting and fostering bilateral relations,” said Doria.
“São Paulo has the largest economy and the largest population in the country. It is also the main point of entry for people and goods from Brazil, as well as the main center of education. Therefore, it makes sense to intensify partnerships to increase opportunities and improve the quality of life for our citizens, ”said Ambassador Todd Chapman.
To initiate the agreement, a Working Group will be created, composed of representatives from the US Consulate and Embassy, in addition to technicians from the respective state departments related to the areas mentioned. The expectation is that the activities of this group will start in the coming weeks.
In the area of security, the USA and São Paulo should intensify police training projects and exchange management practices in prison systems.
In health, the two governments intend to remain focused on combating the effects of COVID-19, both on health and on the economy of the state of São Paulo, after the donation of thousands of dollars to Brazil in 2020 by American companies and the United States government.
In the area of education, the intention is to expand existing projects and develop new ones in English teaching and teacher training, curriculum development, media education and Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
In the area of trade and investments, São Paulo, as the financial capital of Brazil, will play a strong role in the goal of doubling trade between the two countries in the next five years. In 2019, American companies implemented 42 investment projects in São Paulo worth R $ 22.5 billion, more than any other country.
“Today represents a milestone in the relationship between the State of São Paulo and the USA. The partnership that already existed between our governments advances even more, with the purpose of intensifying cooperation and commercial and cultural flows between our regions ”, said Secretary Júlio Serson.