Free State MECs for Health and Education are all in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in hopes of agreeing to favourable partnerships that will stimulate medical tourism, education and cultural training in the province.
Benny Malakoane, Butana Komphela and Tate Mekgoe were accompanied by other provincial senior officials from the in a meeting with State Minister for Tourism in São Paulo, Brazil.
According to the departmental spokesperson, Kgotso Tau, the discussions centred around possible cooperation in medical tourism, cultural, training and exchange programmes. Tau said these talks would pave the way for the signing of agreements between the Malakoane and the Minister this week to be followed by the signing of The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governor and Premier in due course.
Tau said these talks will pave the way for the signing of agreements between Malakoane and the Minister this week to be followed by the signing of The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governor and Premier in due course.
Tau also says that the delegation, which also consisted of top officials from the Free State Development Corporation (FDC), met with the investment arm of the government in Sao Paul, where many other issues in terms of investment have been discussed.
With this visit, the three MECs and their delegation hope to attract foreign investment attraction into the Province. They are expected to be back in the country by Friday afternoon
São Paulo is the economic hub and the financial capital of Brazil and ideal place to invest and promote exports.
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