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Gov. Patrick Returning Monday After Trade Mission To 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) — Gov. Deval Patrick is returning to Beacon Hill after a nine-day trade mission to South America that included tours of Chile and Brazil.

Patrick, state officials and corporate leaders made the trip to strengthen business and cultural ties with the region. He returns to the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday.

Patrick signed an agreement during the trip with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera intended to expand the collaboration between Massachusetts and Chile in the clean energy, biotechnology and education business sectors.

In Brazil, Patrick announced an agreement designed to forge closer links between agricultural researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and their Brazilian counterparts.

He also joined officials from Massachusetts-based EMC Corporation for the groundbreaking of a new EMC research and development center at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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