Agreement to boost collaboration between Emilia-Romagna and South Africa


18/10/2016 – The President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, and the President of the Guateng Province, David Makhura, signed a collaboration Agreement between the two territories, aimed at supporting initiatives for economic development, trade exchange and innovation, with focus on food, water, energy, environment, training and manufacturing 4.0.

The two territories show high level of competitiveness and great potentialities of collaboration. Guateng represents 35% of the whole South Africa economy and has a strong automotive sector that is able to do business with the top companies of the Emilia-Romagna Motor Valley. Water management represents another opportunity of collaboration, considering that in the Sub-Saharian area there are strong criticalities in the distribution of drinkable water. Some initiative are already ongoing: the University of Ferrara is in the group that coordinates the project “Self-sustaining cleaning technology for safe water supply and management in rural African areas”.

The agreement signature took place during the 3rd edition of the South Africa-Italy Business Forum Ambrosetti in Johannesburg. The agreement provides also an annual bilateral summit, visits of delegations, meetings and monitoring of the results.





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