The sate of Minas gerais invites EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with Minas Gerais, located in the Southeast of Brazil. The region has around 21,100.000 inhabitants and a GDP per capita of US$ 38,600,000.00 (conversion date: 2018). The Governor of the State of Minas Gerais formally represents the region in the IUC-LAC Project.
The State strategy named “International Matters Network” enabled the region to centralise required actions to integrate quintuple helix national and international actors in order to promote an increased focus on exports, especially for SMEs. Such strategy facilitates capillarity of information between all State secretariats and institutions.
Nevertheless, the region is currently still working towards developing appropriate diagnosis and monitoring public policies in order to enhance its ability to obtain external funding and to both prospect and implement solutions in areas such as:
Pairing with a EU region shall enable Minas Gerais to refine its current Innovation Strategy in light of an adapted RIS3 approach in order to integrate quintuple helix actors as well as to define priorities for investments. Moreover, establishing a long-term cooperation with a EU partner shall leverage alignment and adaptation of internal policies, thus facilitating trade negotiations between both regions, the joint development of innovation strategies and sustainable practices, as well as the exchange of technologies, methodologies, knowledge and experiences.
The State Government of Minas Gerais will enable the entire technical staff of the State International Relations for monitoring and executing this pairing action with the selected EU region. This technical staff will also be responsible for articulating with the specific and competent areas of the State of Minas Gerais to work at each niche of the action plan that will be jointly developed. The government will also endeavour to seek other complementary sources of funding, depending on the needs of each joint pilot project developed through the IUC-LAC joint project implementation.
In this context, in terms of specific niches for cooperation, it is important to highlight for potential Dutch cooperation:
For further reading and a link to the application please visit the IUC website. http://www.eurada.org/index.php/la-regions/ and then select the Minas Gerais region.
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