Austin, Texas – From February 12 to February 16th, CCAACC President, Natalie Madeira Cofield embarked on the first trade mission to Brazil on behalf of the CCAACC and the City of Austin.
The mission, which focused primarily on the city of Campinas with additional travel to Sao Paulo was held to establish relationships with:
- Civic and political organizations,
- Business & Trade Associations
- Arts and culture
In total, Cofield conducted more than 24 meetings with trade associations, business organizations, universities and elected officials while abroad.
Brazil, the economic powerhouse of Latin America, has approximately two hundred million residents. Brazil is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, surpassing England as the 6th largest economy. In 2013 Brazil will hold the World Cup and in 2015 the country will host the Olympics.
The City of Campinas, where Cofield focused much of her time, is considered the “Silicon Valley” of Brazil and has a strong information technology economy and population that mirrors Austin, Texas, with roughly 1.1 million inhabitants. Further, Campinas is also home to University of Campinas (UNICAMP) which is a large anchor for the city (30,000 + student population) and is among the top three schools in the country.
While abroad Cofield’s trip was highlighted both by UNICAMP, please click here for the article.
Cofield’s visit is the first of an annual trip that will be made by the Chamber to encourage business development, tourism and other advancements.