Brazil – Portugal Chamber of Commerce in Brazil’s Ceará state wants to boost business with Angola

2 August 2010

Luanda, Angola, 2 Aug – The Brazil–Portugal Chamber of Commerce in the Brazilian state of Ceará, is finalising a number of cooperation agreements with the Angolan Industrial Association (AIA), the Angola Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIA) and the League of Young Angolan Businesspeople, according to Angolan O País.

The announcement was made by Roberto Marinho, chairman of the Brazil-Portugal Chamber of Commerce and representative of the Brazil-Angola Chamber, and was made during a meeting of Brazilian businesspeople on the sidelines of the recent Luanda International fair (Filda).

According to Marinho, “Luanda is not the same as it was some years ago.” “There have been significant improvements in terms of the immigration authorities, the police and airport teams.” He said that another example of the changes seen was the existence of a taxi service in Luanda.

According to the businessman, the opportunities are very varied and “vehicle showrooms, spare parts, building companies, engineering and architectural practices, environmental projects, and agri-business are undergoing a moment of great change”.

The manager noted that most of the companies that took part in Filda had “great experience,” in the African market and presented products such as power transmission pylons, telecommunications, warehouse units, vehicle chassis, food, footwear and domestic items. The list of products on exhibition in the Brazilian pavilion also included cleaning products, agricultural machinery and equipment, motors and generators, construction materials, and metallic housing modules.

According to Marinho their visit to Angola had the main aim of raising awareness amongst Brazilian businesspeople, especially those from Ceará, of the potential of the market and to showcase opportunities for new partnerships that may emerge, as the way has already been opened up by the Angolans.

Companies from the Brazilian states of Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro, Goiás, Ceará and Paraná took part in FILDA.

Between 2005 and 2009, trade between Brazil and Angola rose from US$520 million to US$1.5 billion, or a rise of 182.6 percent. (macauhub)