Governor Tom Corbett today announced the signing of a Sister
Chambers Agreement to establish a strong partnership between Pennsylvania and
Chile to promote mutual business growth and job creation.
The Sister Chambers Agreement was signed by the Chilean-American Chamber of
Commerce in Greater Philadelphia (AMCHAM), the Pennsylvania Chamber of
Business and Industry and the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
"The connections between Pennsylvania and Chile are deep and this jobs first
mission and today's signed agreement will continue to strengthen those ties,"
Corbett said. "The partnership formed between these highly regarded chambers of
commerce will enhance trade and promote mutual investment in both Pennsylvania
The Sister Chambers Agreement focuses on joint cooperation and provides
provisions to promote business for common development. The agreement calls for
the exchange of legal, financial and economic information that will enhance the
business relationship of Pennsylvania and Chilean companies. It also provides
opportunities for businesses to participate in fairs and exhibitions in Santiago and
"The agreement signed today solidifies what is already an important trade
relationship between Pennsylvania and Chile," PA Chamber President and CEO Gene
Barr said. "By working more closely together to develop new opportunities and
identify and overcome any potential barriers, we can build on the mutually
beneficial economic opportunities that have resulted from our partnership."
"The agreement being signed today is the culmination of decades of sincere
friendship and extraordinary business success between the Republic of Chile and
the Greater Philadelphia region," AMCHAM of Greater Philadelphia Executive
Director Ricardo Maldonado said. "New initiatives will be put into action bringing
even greater prosperity to the business communities of our two countries."
The agreement was signed during an event at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Corbett and members of the delegation addressed a group comprised of Santiago
Chamber directors, members of Chilean Trade Associations, Chilean companies and
American companies with a presence in Chile.
The announcement continued the Governor's Jobs 1st Mission to Brazil and Chile.
The mission is focused on growing the Pennsylvania economy and creating jobs
through export promotion, investment attraction, building relationships to increase
port traffic, international student recruitment and promoting Pennsylvania as a
world class destination for tourism.
The three-city, two-country mission, privately funded by Team Pennsylvania
Foundation, is scheduled for April 6-16 and will include stops in the Brazilian cities
of São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, along with Santiago, Chile.
Last week, Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett announced that a Brazilian music
ensemble, led by composer and performer Paulo Padilha, will participate in a weeklong
educational and performance residency in Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014.
On Tuesday, Corbett announced that Wipro Infrastructure Engineering will establish
a new U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Franklin County and create 74 new
On Wednesday, Corbett announced the signing of a joint declaration with Governor
Sérgio de Oliveira Cabral Santos of the State of Rio de Janeiro to strengthen trade
ties and develop new economic opportunities for job creation in both states.
On Thursday, Corbett announced that NovaTech LLC will establish a joint marketing
alliance with Grupo SCR to bring its automation technology to the Brazilian market,
broadening the company's international operations in South America.
This week, Corbett and Mrs. Corbett announced a five-week residency program for
two Chilean artists in Pennsylvania and two commonwealth artists in Chile. As a
part of the exchange, two Chilean printmakers will exhibit with Artist Image
Resource in Pittsburgh, and two Pennsylvania printmakers will exhibit with Taller 99
in Santiago, Chile.
For more information about the governor's Jobs First Mission to Brazil and Chile,