Schwerin (dpa / mv) - With a business trip to Brazil, the state government wants to expand its relations with the country. "We cannot sit back in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and hope that others will take notice of us if we don't advertise it abroad," said Head of the State Chancellery Patrick Dahlemann (SPD) on Thursday evening in a press conference in Schwerin. The trip from January 13th to 25th will include the three states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina and will focus on the development of the circular economy in the Latin American country.
According to the information, part of the program includes visits to existing projects that are being implemented by companies from the north-east, as well as meetings with representatives of companies and politicians to establish new relationships. In Paraná, this includes a biogas plant from the company Mele from Torgelow, which uses waste products from agriculture - especially liquid manure. As company representative Helmut Tündermann explained, those responsible on site are very interested in the possibilities of recycling residues not only from industry, but also from household waste.
According to the information provided, the delegation trip was organized in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and other business associations. Dahlemann expects total costs of around 30,000 euros, with the accompanying company representatives bearing their own travel expenses of 3,800 euros per person. According to the State Secretary, the trip to Brazil should only be the prelude, further trips to the Baltic Sea region are planned for 2023.