By Daniel Hunter

Brazil and the UK have announced they will hold an international seminar on creative industries in 2014.

The seminar will support the development of creative ‘hubs’ Tech City and TECNOPUC, which have already successfully developed a number of innovative products.

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire spoke to leading figures from both centres during a visit to Porto Alegre in Brazil this week.

“I’ve long been a supporter of the creative industries in the UK and I am always keen to highlight our successes. We are a small country but proportionately we have the largest creative sector in the world and we are at the cutting edge of architecture, film, fashion and IT amongst others," Mr Swire said.

“So we are an ideal partner for Brazil, which is fast becoming world-renowned for its innovations in science and technology. TECNOPUC is an inspiring site, with big aspirations and I know that, working with partners in our own Tech City, we will see collaborations on a grand scale.

“I wish TECNOPUC success for their 2014 seminar, due to take place here in Porto Alegre. I’m sure it will be a great occasion and we are keen that the British Government supports businesses from Tech City and elsewhere in the UK to develop an even greater number of fruitful partnerships with their Brazilian counterparts. The UK, which boasts six out of the top twenty universities in the world, will welcome 1,700 Brazilian undergraduates on sandwich year courses this month - by 2015 we will have hosted 10,000!”

Mr Swire is on his second trip to Brazil, visiting Porto Alegre, Brasilia and Sao Paulo. As well as promoting British business, during his time in the country he will build relationships between the UK and Brazil across foreign policy, sport and education.

He will meet the Brazilian Minister for Education to discuss the successful ‘Science Without Borders’ initiative, which will see the Brazilian Government fund 100,000 of Brazil’s top students to study at some of the world’s best universities by 2015. The UK, which boasts 6 out of the top 20 universities in the world, will welcome 1,700 Brazilian undergraduates on sandwich year courses this month.

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