June 17, 2008

California signs MOUs with Chile

Representatives for the State of California have signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) the Republic of Chile. In a speech before the California Assembly, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria urged stronger ties between Chile and the United States. The two countries share a respect for freedom, human rights and fair trade, she said. Speaking of Chile, she said, “We aim to take a giant step and become a developed nation in the span of one generation.”. “We have not come to ask for aid,” she told legislators. “We have come to form a partnership for development.”

According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the first MOU was signed by officials from the Republic of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and California’s Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Agency and Department of Food and Agriculture. It is an agreement establishing a California-Chile “Partnership for the 21st Century” that is based on the desire of both parties to open collaboration between their institutions, organizations, universities, research centers, companies and citizens.

Schwarzenegger, in a prepared statement, said that Chile and California are “natural partners, given our longstanding history of educational exchange, our excellence in agriculture and our similar geography and climate.”

“President Bachelet’s visit marks a continuation of our efforts to promote collaboration through cooperative actions and initiatives focused on issues of mutual interest, including education and workforce development, environmental protection, clean energy, agriculture, information technology and trade,” Schwarzenegger said.

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February 21, 2007

Vivendi Games buys Wanako Games

“Vivendi Games has purchased the largest game development studio in Latin America, the company said Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal with Wanako Games, based in Santiago, Chile, were not disclosed. Vivendi said in a release that the purchase will help its Los Angeles-based Sierra Online division to enhance its internal product development capabilities in the downloadable online games space. Sierra will keep Wanako’s developers… Los Angeles’ Vivendi Games is the interactive entertainment unit of France-based Vivendi SA.”

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