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Martin McGuinness completes trip of Brazil and USA

19 March, 2013

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA has completed a round of Government meetings and events in Brazil, and the United States.

These were part of a five-day visit to Brazil to develop investment, trade and tourism opportunities as well as mutually beneficial relationships with universities in Brazil, and then developing stronger links in the United States with HBO, while attending the screening of the first episode of season 3, of "Game of Thrones", which has already brought in 43million pounds and 800 jobs to our economy.

The meetings in the United States ended with a meeting in the White House with President Obama. He has met with Trade Minister Texeira and Foreign Minister Patriota in Brasilia. 

The visit to Brazil started in Sao Paulo where he met with Marfrig, who employ over 5,000 staff in Moy Park, to strengthen the relationship and discuss their ongoing commitment to the North of Ireland.

Following the meeting with Marfrig he participated in the opening of the George Best exhibition at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.  

While in Sao Paulo he addressed an audience of over 150 students at FAAP university and discussed university links with the Director and Professors from the university.  He met the Mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad and talked about the opportunities for export and investment in the Brazilian market. 

The delegation then had a highly successful meeting with FIESP, the industrial federation in São Paulo, which represents over 150,000 companies. At this meeting, he discussed potential opportunities in life sciences, health care technologies and e-health. In particular FIESP saw opportunities for our local companies in material handling, construction and engineering in the Brazilian market.

The deputy First Minister then met the mayor and the governor of Rio de Janerio.

On Friday evening in Rio de Janiero the deputy First Minister took part in the 'greening' event at Christ the Redeemer statue, which is part of Tourism Ireland's 'global greening' initiative which aims to promote overseas tourism by using globally iconic sites.

He officially switched the iconic statue "green", with the Archbishop of Rio de Janerio. 

The trip concluded with a meeting in Washington at the White House with President Obama. The deputy first minister was accompanied by three Departmental staff on this overseas visit. Costs for the visit will be published when available. 

All Hotels used,  were booked on the advice of the embassies and consulates who availed of special government rates.

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