Free State Premier Ace Magashule said on Tuesday that the province was ready to form business relations with Madeira.
He was speaking during a meeting in Bloemfontein with Miguel Albuquerque, the president of the north Atlantic island and autonomous region of Portugal.
President Albuquerque is on an official visit to the Free State.
“I hope that the Madeira government will partner with the Free State province, especially in tourism and IT,” said Magashule.
“Madeira is a small island of 300 000 people [and] they attract seven million people a year in tourism, which is good.”
Magashule added that the province would send some of their students to explore tourism and Information Technology in Madeira in April.
He said the relationship would create job opportunities, which would improve people’s lives in the province.
Albuquerque said: “Our idea is to cooperate with the Free State province and we have already signed a memorandum of understanding.”
He said he was not only in the country to explore business opportunities, but also to meet Portuguese communities.
President Albuquerque will be hosted at the Portuguese Club in Cape Town on the 10 December at a formal dinner arranged by the local Portuguese community.
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