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Gov. Patrick Starts 2nd Leg Of Trade Mission In South America

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Gov. Patrick meets with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Dec. 1, 2011. (Photo credit: Office of Gov. Patrick's Flickr Photostream)

Gov. Patrick meets with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Dec. 1, 2011. (Photo credit: Office of Gov. Patrick’s Flickr Photostream)

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is set to begin the second leg of his nine-day trade mission to South America.

Patrick begins a six-day swing Sunday through Brazil, stopping in Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Patrick and a delegation of state officials and business leaders plan to visit Brazilian companies, universities and government leaders to highlight what Massachusetts can offer Brazil.

On Monday, Patrick and representatives from the University of Massachusetts and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp. plan to announce a collaboration between Massachusetts’ and Brazil’s education and agricultural sectors.

The mission focuses on creating jobs in the life sciences, information technology, clean energy, financial services and education sectors.

Patrick signed an agreement last week with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera intended to expand the collaboration between Massachusetts and Chile.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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