Business delegation from Brazil’s Ceara state to visit Angola

13 January 2010

Fortaleza, Brazil, 13 Jan – A delegation of businessmen from the Brazilian state of Ceara will visit Angola for the first time this coming 9 to 14 March, the Fortaleza newspaper Diario do Nordeste has reported.

André Staudt Rodrigues of the New Concept company, cited by the daily, said the mission will count 30 entrepreneurs from various activity sectors.

New Concept was set up to facilitate commercial relations between Brazilian and Angolan companies. Missions organised by the Sao Paulo-based company last an average of four days and include meetings with Angolan authorities on subjects such as infrastructures, customs and tax laws, besides presentations from established Brazilian companies such as Odebrecht and direct contacts with possible partners.

Following eight years of reconstruction, Angola has achieved emerging economy status and is now ranked second in Africa. The local economy grew by 19.9 percent last year and by 18 percent in 2008.

“About 88 percent of items sold in supermarkets are imported from countries such as the United States, China, Brazil and Portugal,” said Rodrigues, adding that the absence of local production is a sign of market potential for fruit, mutton, dairy products, beverages (especially mineral water), footwear and apparel, among other goods produced in Ceara. (macauhub)