Government officials of Dongguan are entertaining a delegation from Campinas, Brazil while attempting to create a sister city cooperation agreement. Leading the delegation, Beatriz Gusmão Sanches Pereira, the Director of International Affairs for Campinas City Hall along with 12 delegates from the headquarters and Guangdong office of the Brazil-China Economic Promotion Association, arrived on April 21 to attend the 113th China Import and Export Fair, leaving four days later on April 25.
According to government sources, this first trip is meant for businessmen from the potential sister-city “to meet their made in China products suppliers.” If all goes as planned the two cities are expected to sign a sistership agreement in July of this year. The signing ceremony is set to take place in Campinas, a city with a population of over a million people. An official invitation has already been received by Dongguan city officials.
As footwear exports fell in Brazil, the result was that their import agents transferred their offices to China taking the first Brazilian professionals with them many to Dongguan.
Dongguan is currently in similar agreements with Hartford, Connecticut of the U.S. and Thessaloniki, Greece, signing the memos in 2001 and 2008 respectively.