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Canadian & Brazilian Industry Associations Sign Agreement of Cooperation

Montréal, Canada -- March 20, 1997 -- Ronald V. Portelli, President of the Canadian Environment Industry Association (CEIA), announced today the successful conclusion of negotiations with the Industrial Federation of the State of Minas Gerais (FIEMG). Mr. Portelli and Mr. Paulo S. Ferreira, Vice President of FIEMG, signed an Agreement of Cooperation on behalf of the two industry associations while attending Americana, the Pan-American Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference taking place in Montréal from March 18 to 21, 1997. The signing was witnessed by the Honourable Sergio Marchi, Minister of the Environment, and Governor Azeredo of the State of Minas Gerais.

The signing of this Agreement concludes discussions held between CEIA's Chair, Mr. Paul Antle and FIEMG's President, Mr. Stefan Salej during the successful environmental trade mission led by Minister Marchi to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile in November 1996.

"This agreement recognizes the considerable market for environmental products, technologies and services in Brazil and in the State of Minas Gerais in particular," stated Portelli. "Canadian firms have the capacity to deliver such technologies and services, and FIEMG and CEIA will be working to increase environmental business between our respective private sectors." Portelli added.

The Canadian Environment Industry Association is the national voice of the Canadian environment industry. Through a network of nine provincial environment industry associations, CEIA represents the interests of 1,500 member companies. CEIA's services to its members include sharing information on market intelligence, creating opportunities for networking and representing the industry to legislators and policy- makers.

For more information contact Susan Young at CEIA.



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