Agreement between São Paulo and Bavaria boosts space program
Vice-governor and German secretary sign the agreement during the event that celebrates 20 years of cooperation between the states; Investe SP introduces the services to the delegation of businessmenInveste São Paulo
To celebrate 20 years of the cooperation agreement between the states of São Paulo and Bavaria (Germany), the vice-governor of São Paulo, Márcio França, welcomed the German secretary for European Affairs and Regional Relations, Beate Merk, on July 5, at an event at Palácio dos Bandeirantes. During the meeting, Merk and França enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the collaboration between the parties in the sector of space programs.
The event also included a meeting between representatives of Investe São Paulo and businessmen from Bavaria, who will be able to get to know how the support is provided by the Agency and the advantages of investing in the state.
According to the head of the São Paulo State Special Advisory for International Affairs, Ana Paula Fava, the document “has been drafted since the participation of the vice-governor, Márcio França, in the 8th edition of Regional Leaders, in July last year.” According to Fava, the vice-governor, who is also State Secretary for Economic Development, strengthened relations with the Bavarian government and invited Merk to come to Brazil.
The Regional Leaders also led to the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between Investe SP and Invest in Bavaria to encourage the exchange of investments and trade relations between the two regions.
With regard to the space sector, Brazil and Germany have been cooperating for approximately 40 years. “Virtually all the activity in launch and sounding vehicles held in Brazil is anchored in the state of São Paulo,” says Carlos Rondina Mateus, senior consultant of the aerospace sector and professor at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA). “I believe the biggest benefit (with the execution of the document) will be the institutional support and potential financial support to which it may give rise,” he says. According to Mateus, the agreement could make it easier for “part of the technology under study to be transferred from Germany for production in Brazil.”
Two decades of cooperation
Sponsored by the German government, the celebration of the 20 years of Cooperation at the seat of the São Paulo state government should gather approximately 250 guests, including business leaders, the academic community, state secretaries and other government representatives.
The first cooperation agreement between the two regions was signed on July 31, 1997 by the former governor Mário Covas and the Minister of Regional Development and Environment of the Federal State of Bavaria, Thomas Goppel.
The document strengthened actions focused on the entrepreneurship of small and medium enterprises, the exchange of economic information and infrastructure projects in multiple areas, but mainly in the environmental area.
“In a way, it was a very innovative document or at least aligned with the environmental issues that were beginning to be discussed at the time with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established by the UN in 2000 and even with the environmental policy of Al Gore (Vice President of the United States during Bill Clinton’s administration),” says Ana Paula Fava. “The agreement between São Paulo and Bavaria provided for environmental education projects that improved the quality of life of citizens and initiatives that favored the environment,” she explains.
Since the execution of the first agreement, São Paulo and Bavaria signed another 9 agreements focusing on the fields of investment, environment, agriculture, sanitation, energy, science and technology.
One of the most important instruments signed between the states was established in 2001, as a result of the cooperation of 1997. In July of that year, the Environmental Secretariats the states of São Paulo and Bavaria initiated a cooperation project to discuss measures to protect the Guarani Aquifer, considered one of the largest underground fresh water reservoirs on the planet. The Guarani Aquifer in Brazil has approximately 37,000 km3 of the 45,000 km3 of total waters shared with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. According to CETESB, 80% of the municipalities of São Paulo, approximately 5.5 million people, are supplied by these waters.