Brazil: Bahia-Cape Verde Chamber of Commerce wants to link NE Brazil and Africa

15 February 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15 Feb – The recently inaugurated Bahia-Cape Verde Business Chamber in Salvador plans to be the link between some Northeastern Brazilian states and Africa, the Cape Verdean ambassador to Brazil told macauhub.

Bahia is the fourth most populated state in Brazil (13.97 million inhabitants) and the sixth by gross domestic product (GDP) – around US$33 billion in 2005 – and is the leader of the Northeastern Brazilian economy and its capital, Salvador, is the biggest municipal area in the region.

The Bahian economy is notable for its petrochemical industry (which accounts for over half of the state’s GDP) and its manufacturing industry, as it is involved in the automotive sector.

“The idea is to use Cape Verde as a doorway into Africa and benefit the states of Bahia, Ceará, Pernambuco and Alagoas, initially, by generating business with the African continent, namely Cape Verde,” said ambassador Daniel Pereira.

“The geographical position of Cape Verde will favor the chamber’s activities as will the cultural proximity and the climate which is similar to the northeastern Brazilian states. The closeness and consolidation of relations between the Northeast and Africa, specifically Cape Verde, are the guiding force for the association,” he said. (macauhub)