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Tech trio on trade mission in Brazil

IT companies from Northern Ireland have visited Brazil's answer to the Titanic Quarter in a bid to explore trade links and win new business.

Qwizdom, Texthelp and Display Note will also visit a conference and exhibition in Sao Paulo dedicated to ICT in Education to find out more about the potential that exists to build business relationships in Brazil during an Invest Northern Ireland-led trade mission.

Speaking during a visit to Brazil's largest technology park, the Porto Digital Complex in Recife, Arlene Foster said that Northern Ireland can capitalise on the opportunities offered by a host of companies specialising in ICT and the creative industries.

The party also visited the Suape Port Complex and met with the director of Suape Global, Silvio Leimig.

The largest and most modern shipyard in the southern hemisphere, the complex is split into five distinct zones, where more than 50 new companies invested there in just three years.

Currently there are 35 businesses in the phase of establishing.

"Pernambuco is one of the fastest growing states in Brazil and the Suape Port and Industrial Complex is at the epicentre," said the minister.

"In order to attract new businesses, Suape has a tailorised policy of tax incentives and the local banks are responding to the current economic climate to ensure companies have access to finance.

"The port is a strategic location for companies who specialise in offshore renewables, food and beverages, transports and logistics and information technology.

"There is a large British influence in the State of Pernambuco which means that people often look to the UK as a partner of choice.

"This is something we need to capitalise on."

Belfast Telegraph