PARMAforEXPO: a business mission from the Brazilian State of Bahia comes to Parma


The delegation was led by the President of the Federation of Industries of the State of Bahia, which is comprised of 1,500 associated companies. The meeting mainly focused on two topics: the specificity of the Parma business system and the excellent business relationships between Parma and Brazil.

Parma, October 9, 2015 – One month after the visit by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo, Parma and Brazil have been meeting again: today a business delegation coming from the state of Bahia, in the northeastern area of Brazil, visited Parma. About ten representatives of FIEB – the Federation of Industries of the State of Bahia, including Vice President Carlos Henrique Jorge Gantois, met the stakeholders of the PARMAforEXPO working table. The mission of FIEB, which gathers 1,500 companies specializing in different industries, aimed at promoting the development and competitiveness of the industrial system: currently, in the state of Bahia the secondary sector accounts for over 40% of GDP. The representatives of the Brazilian companies visiting Parma today come from different industries ranging from construction to textiles, from metallurgy to fashion.

In the morning, the Vice President and other representatives of the Federation of Industries of the State of Bahia arrived at Palazzo Soragna – the headquarters of UPI, Parma’s Union of Industrialists – to meet the representatives of the PARMAforEXPO stakeholders: Stefano Girasole, Head of UPI Economic Service; Cristiano Casa, Councillor for Industry, Tourism and Trade of the City of Parma; Erasmo Neviani, Delegate of the University of Parma for EXPO Milan 2015.

During the meeting the specificities of the “Parma System and its excellence in the field of agrifood and food processing plants were illustrated to the Brazilian guests. It was also the occasion to take stock of the situation concerning trade relations between the businesses from Parma and from Brazil. A country which is increasingly attractive for our businesses considering that between 2006 and 2014 exports grew by 257% and that last year Parma exports to Brazil in products and services amounted to 76 million euros.


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