Rio de Janeiro, December 14, 2021 – US Ambassador to Rio de Janeiro Jacqueline Ward and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Pius signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand mutual cooperation in various economic and social fields at a ceremony at the City Palace today. The US Embassy in Brazil already has cooperation agreements with several Brazilian states, including Bahia, Espirito Santo and Rio Grande do Sul, but this is the first time it has signed a contract with a city in the country.
“Rio is a global hub for innovation, culture and research. This monument will help expand our cooperation on important issues,” the embassy official said. It is proud to be the first city selected by the United States to establish a partnership with a national government. “
More than a dozen collaborative sectors, including education, environment, urban planning, economic development, tourism, health policies and innovation, are included as priorities in the document. The agreement establishes clear goals, parameters and conclusions aimed at strengthening public participation in projects and improving accountability mechanisms in these areas and sharing best practices in public administration. In addition, ongoing and formal dialogue will facilitate the exchange of expert and technical visits between the two sides.
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