Cioeste, the first inter-municipal consortium in Latin America selected by European Union to be part of the urban cooperation program, and ARRSA, agency of the region of the Polish city of Bielsko-Biala meet again, now in Greater São Paulo, and deepen partnerships between companies for cooperation and exchange for technology and innovation.
During the days 12 and 16 of November, the delegation of the city of Bielsko-Biala, Poland, was again in Brazil for a new meeting with representatives of Cioeste with the objective of discussing a new phase of urban cooperation between the cities and set some partnerships between small and medium-sized companies in the technology and innovation.
The Intermunicipal Consortium of the Metropolitan West Region of São Paulo (Cioeste) – formed by the municipalities of Araçariguama, Barueri, Carapicuíba, Cotia, Itapevi, Jandira, Osasco, Pirapora do Bom Jesus, Santana de Parnaíba, Vargem Grande Paulista – and ARRSA, the development agency of southern Poland, signed in the first half of this year, a cooperation agreement for economic and sustainable development, through the Urban Cooperation program (IUC) of the European Union.
In May, after visiting Poland, it was defined that the city of Bielsko-Biala and the region Cioeste would promote, collaboratively, economic development and the internationalization of companies and educational institutions in the area of technology and innovation.
During 6 months, online meetings were held between companies from the regions and, during the last week, the representatives met again, now in person, to sign joint ventures and deal with the extension of the cooperation in 2019.
«We operate through the IUC program with speed and organization, reaching two-years goals in one. Last week we managed to mediate the realization of four agreements, one of them between public universities here and in Bielsko-Biala, to support programs and training of professionals so that sustainable development can happen and accomplish the exchange of students and teachers. We also set three business agreements, including one of commercial representation.» comments Francisco Maciel, executive secretary of the Cioeste.
Representatives of the Bielsko-Biala government also participated in the 2nd edition of the IOESTE (International Forum of Innovation and Technology of the West Region Metropolitan of São Paulo), where they had access to new public and private investment in Brazilian technology and innovation, such as Conecta Invest SP, and were able to meet some important cases in the area of technological innovation and sustainability, such as Yellow Bike. The event was streamed live to over 100 development agencies in Europe, through the Association of European Agencies (EURADA), with which Cioeste signed an agreement to extend the cooperation for SMEs and academics for the entire European territory via EURADA.
Currently, Cioeste has 25% of Brazil’s technology companies and, through International Program on Urban Cooperation (IUC), it will be possible to promote the internationalization of small companies and universities in the Paulista region with polish entities.
The IUC initiative, created in November 2017, aims to connect cities and regions of Latin America and Europe that have similar objectives in terms of sustainable development to share solutions and good practices in view of the New Urban Agenda and the Fight Against Climate Change.
The International Program on Urban Cooperation (IUC) aims to support cities in different regions of the world to connect and share solutions to common problems sustainable urban development and the fight against climate change. The initiative is based on three main areas: provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices in urban Development; the establishment of a global alliance of Mayors for Climate and the Energy; and, for Latin America, a program of exchange between regions to stimulate economic development through innovation, competitiveness and intelligent specialization.
For the Latin American and Caribbean region, the IUC-LAC, a three-year program, has a budget of approximately 5 million EUR and foresee the participation of 20 cities from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, for collaborations with European counterparts. The Global Compact of Mayors for Climate and Energy will be established in 20 countries in the region.