Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 21 July Angola’s Foreign Minister, João Bernardo Miranda, said Angola’s cooperation with Brazil was strategic, and noted that the priority was the renovation of infrastructures in Angola.
Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa after a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim, Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, the minister said that, “the immediate priority is infrastructure in Angolan cities such as water treatment and electrciity.”
The 1st Brazil-Angola Meeting on Policy Consultation was set up on the occasion of a visit by Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to Angola, in October 2007, and served as an initial step to boost bilateral cooperation incentives and prepare for a visit to Brazil by Angola president, José Eduardo dos Santos, next year.
Also according to Miranda, there should be a greater bond and improvement of communications between the two countries.
“There is a great lack of information about Africa, as well as us also having a significant lack of information in Angola about Brazil,” he said.
There are currently over 30 Brazilian companies working in the Angolan market and the trend is for this number to increase, based on the high levels of growth in the African country.
Last year trade between Brazil and Angola totalled US$2.164 billion and, in the first half of this year alone, trade between the two countries has reached US$1.957 billion.
According to the Brazilian government, from 2003 to 2007, that amount increased almost nine-fold. In this same period, Brazilian exports increased from US$235 million to US$1.21 billion. (macauhub)