Brazilian president, Lula da Silva says in Angola that Brazil wants to help tropical agriculture in Africa

12 July 2010

Luanda, Angola, 12 July – Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Saturday in Luanda that Brazil plans to give a technological contribution to Africa, particularly in tropical agriculture, “an area in which we have a great experience.”

During a refueling stop in the Angolan capital’s airport, on his way to Brazil, after a tour of six African countries, Lula da Silva said it was very important to work with the idea that Brazil needed to be increasingly closer to Africa, as, in his opinion, “the 21st century will be the century of Latin America and the century of the African continent.”

On his way back to Brazil, Lula da Silva stopped off in Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, noting that with this tour he had visited a total of 27 African countries during his presidency.

Meanwhile, in the context of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), in which Africa has five states (Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau), the president said that Brazil’s role, “is extremely important, not only because we have the biggest Portuguese-speaking population (190 million), but we are also the biggest economy.”

“I am convinced that, increasingly, we should consolidate the CPLP as an important instrument for decisions in Portuguese-speaking countries,” noted the Brazilian head of state.

On 23 July 2010, Luanda is due to host the 8th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP, an event in which Brazil will be represented by Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, as President Lula da Silva plans to closely follow the flooding in northeastern Brazil, which have so far killed dozens of people.

The CPLP, which was set up on 17 July, 1996 is made up of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau and East Timor. (macauhub)