Gov. Rick Snyder signs Memorandum of Understanding with Minister Richard Harrington at U.K. Parliament

Two governments pledge collaboration on issues of mobility, transport safety and technology

Monday, April 23, 2018

London, U.K. – Gov. Rick Snyder and Minister Richard Harrington of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom today signed a Memorandum of Understanding, forging a new partnership to strengthen the production of advancements in automotive technology and mobility.

The Governor and Minister Harrington, who serves as Undersecretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the U.K., were joined for the signing by several representatives of the field of mobility from the British government, as well as the private sector whom the Governor had met with during the past several days in the U.K., Meridian Mobility and Catapult. Kevin Kerrigan and Susan Proctor of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s automotive office were also present for the signing, as well as Jeff Mason, director of the MEDC.

“This agreement creates a great partnership for Michigan and the U.K. to work closely together in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “We have a long tradition of cooperation in the automotive sector and we will continue to make great strides through formal relationships such as the one we established today by signing this MOU. The technology that is enabling connected and autonomous vehicles and new mobility services is moving rapidly each day and it is essential we collaborate to harmonize global policy, regulations and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all.”

Tomorrow Gov. Snyder and the rest of the delegation will meet with more than two dozen companies and other trade delegations at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair, the largest trade show in the world. Those discussions will revolve around automotive advancements, the supply chain in Michigan and the talent and certifications required by companies who are continuing to hire in skilled trades jobs.

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