A collaboration framework agreement was signed this morning between the Basque Regional Minister for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, Bernabé Unda, and the Attorney General of the Rio de Janeiro State Public Ministry, Cláudio Soares. The aim is to lay the foundations for close long-term collaboration in areas including knowledge transfer, technologies and collaborative projects between Basque and Brazilian companies and administrations. Another objective of the agreement is to encourage public-private collaboration between the two regions. Cláudio Soares, Rio de Janeiro State’s Attorney General, will be visiting the Basque Country’s three major cities until Thursday, where he will hold meetings with different ministries, local actors and benchmark companies including Euskaltel, Ibermática and Bilbomática, all of them associate enterprises of the Basque Country’s Electronics, IT and Telecommunications Cluster (GAIA-Cluster TEIC).
The Basque Regional Minister for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, Bernabé Unda, and the Attorney General of the Rio de Janeiro State Public Ministry, Cláudio Soares, signed an agreement this morning at the Basque Government’s central offices in Vitoria-Gasteiz for collaboration between the Department of Industry, through SPRI, and the Rio de Janeiro State Public Ministry in the field of ICTs applied to justice administration and public administration in general.
This agreement is expected to open up collaboration opportunities between Basque and Brazilian companies and institutions in these fields of action.
The aim of the collaboration is for local governments, companies and society in general to carry out joint projects, through which Basque and Brazilian companies will take on future challenges and share knowledge and technology, with the object of these projects becoming international benchmarks in the fields of justice, education, heritage, the environment and citizen protection, particularly with regard to children and adolescents.
The agreement also covers e-administration collaboration initiatives, Information Society development, generation of new economic spaces, research and Development, and training and capacity-building, amongst other areas.
To get these projects underway, the Basque Government Department of Industry – with collaboration from GAIA-Cluster TEIC – and the Rio de Janeiro State Public Ministry will facilitate exchange of good practices and knowledge transfer in technical and organisational areas, through technical visits, missions, seminars, sector meetings, and so on.
Rio de Janeiro State’s Attorney General Cláudio Soares will be staying in the Basque Country until next Thursday, 5 April, where he has a full agenda of meetings and work sessions.
Mr. Soares will hold meetings with Institutions (the Department of Industry, the Department of Justice and Public Administration and the Basque Data Protection Agency, for example), local actors, Basque electronics, IT and telecommunications firms belonging to the GAIA cluster and local sector benchmark companies such as Ibermática, Euskaltel and Bilbomática.
With a population of over 15 million, Rio de Janeiro is the largest petroleum and natural gas producing state in Brazil, and it has the country’s second largest economy after São Paulo.