CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (July 31, 2018) – Governor Brian Sandoval’s trade mission to Africa today completed two days in Cape Town, South Africa, where the delegation engaged in a full slate of meetings with business leaders, educators, researchers and government officials.
While in Cape Town, members of the delegation received a briefing from U.S. Consul General Virginia Blaser and Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Business members of the delegation also met with Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board CEO Primo Abrahams as well as Western Cape Minister of Finance Dr. Ivan Meyer.
Today, the business delegation was hosted by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and met with local businesses interested in trade with Nevada. A meeting with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was followed by a discussion between Nevada’s WaterStart initiative and GreenCape, a non-profit promoting economically viable green economy solutions from the Western Cape.
“Nevada and Cape Town are on the same page when it comes to a commitment to innovation,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Solutions to challenges such as water resource management and sustainability will be found through collaboration and I think we’ve found some strong potential partners in the Western Cape.”
Formed in 2013, WaterStart was established by the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) through a joint venture between academic, public and private sectors to deploy and test compelling, early-stage technologies that address Nevada’s water management challenges.
“Nevada’s reach internationally is remarkable and WaterStart’s participation in this trade mission further solidifies our mission to innovate and collaborate beyond our borders,” said GOED Executive Director Paul Anderson. “Our experience is shared across the world, but the solutions we offer are novel and that perspective resonates in our approach to smart water solutions.”
The deadline to respond to WaterStart’s request for proposals to participate in a competitive matching grant process is Friday, August 31. Criteria and guidelines are available at www.waterstart.com
The next and final stop for the trade mission is Durban, South Africa.
About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com.