On 18 September 2015, 14 Dutch and Brazilian parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the promotion of cycling – and mobility and urban development at large – in the city of Curitiba. The MoU marks that start of a five-year collaboration consisting of exchange of knowledge and people and joint research projects.
The main purpose of the cooperation envisaged in the MoU between the parties is to enable the full utilization of the respective comparative advantages and capacities of each of the parties to increase the potential for cycle mobility towards a Smarter Curitiba, and more specifically to ensure coordination of efforts across country borders to build joint innovative projects using PPP and urban planning and design as tools for the construction of a smart Curitiba.
The MoU is the outcome of two earlier Dutch missions to Curitiba. In June 2014, a first Dutch trade mission to Brazil was organized lead by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs visiting business associations, governments and knowledge institutes in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba (the Leeftink mission). After this mission, it was decided to explore possibilities for project development on Smart Cities in the city of Curitiba. This was done in a second mission in May 2015 representing the Wageningen University and the University of Twente. In September 2015, a delegation from the University of Twente paid a work visit to Curitiba to sign the MoU and to prepare the accompanying working plan with the Brazilian partners.