Governor Deval Patrick will welcome President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Members of the public are welcome to greet President Rousseff upon her arrival and should arrive at the State House steps at 11 a.m., according to an official press release.
Rousseff will also visit Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will seek partnerships in know-how and innovation, science education, and research and development. Rouseff will offer a public address at HarvardÂ’s Kennedy School of Government.
The PresidentÂ’s visit to the State House is a direct result of Governor PatrickÂ’s 2011 trade mission to Brazil. President RousseffÂ’s only other stop in the United States is Washington, D.C., where part of her itinerary includes meeting with President Barack Obama.
«I look forward to welcoming President Rousseff to the State House next week,» said Governor Patrick. «As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Brazil is an important commercial and cultural partner for Massachusetts and we are honored that the President will make time for us during her short time in the states.»
The visit by President Rousseff follows the GovernorÂ’s Innovation Economy trade mission to Brazil in December 2011, which included meetings with Brazilian government and business leaders and helped build a foundation for a strong business relationship with the South American country. Brazil has the sixth-largest economy in the world according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research and Massachusetts exported more than $450 million in goods and services to Brazil in 2011.